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RASSADA: Work is underway on Phuket’s new bus terminal, which is scheduled to open in early 2010.

Phuket Provincial Land Transport Office chief Sompong Thosawat said the new bus terminal will occupy a nine-rai plot of land on Thepkrasattri Rd southbound, about 300 meters south of Supercheap.

The site is suitable for the new station as it is located outside the city center, on the island’s central artery, and has room for future expansion if necessary, he said.

Other sites considered for the new station by a panel set up by former governor Niran Kalayanamit included locations on Chao Fa Rd in Chalong and sites in Koh Kaew and along Kuku Rd, also in Tambon Rassada, he said.

In the end the Thepkrasattri Rd site was chosen for its central location, and the land purchase was made with 79 million baht in funding from the Transport Ministry.

After delays in finding a contractor because no firm tendered a bid in the first round, the contract was eventually awarded to Anda Phuket Construction Co Ltd at a cost of 47.98 million baht.

Site work began in September and is scheduled for completion by November 2009. After interior work is completed, the station is expected to open early in 2010.

Mr Sompong has proposed to the Phuket Provincial Highways Office construction of an elevated horseshoe-shaped U-Turn to allow buses to make an aerial crossing over Thepkrasattri Rd and head north without obstructing traffic flow.

The Highways Office has already begun surveying and initial design work for the U-turn, he said.

The new station will comprise two main sections: a covered platform with parking for 32 buses and a two-story passenger building. Similar to the configuration at many airports, the upper floor will be for departures and the lower for arrivals.

The new terminal will have the capacity and facilities to meet international standards. The passenger building will also have a post office and many shops, he said.

When construction is completed, the Transport Ministry will transfer ownership and administration of the complex to the Phuket Provincial Administration Organization.

Mr Sompong reiterated that the station will only be used by buses heading off-island to other provinces – not by local buses.

The current bus station, located on a two-rai plot on Phang Nga Rd in the heart of Phuket City, will remain open to service local public transport routes and will remain under the administration of Phuket City Municipality, he said.

The opening of the new station will mean that the large coaches that service inter-provincial routes will no longer have to navigate the narrow roads of the city center, where they create traffic congestion.



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Motorbike driver files official complaint after accident from fallen cables in Kata

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A motorbike driver has filed a report with police against a cable company after he became tangled up in their cabling while driving to work in Kata.

26 year old Chakaree Yawaekaree filled the report with Chalong Police against the local cable company.

Mr Chakaree told Police that he was driving to work in Kata on Friday morning. When he arrived at the scene he ran into the cabling that had dropped down, just above the road level. The cables hooked his motorbike and caused him to crash and fall off. He was taken to hospital where he was treated for scrapes, grazes and a badly injured right knee.

Chalong Police say they are continuing their investigation. They say the cables belong to a private company and that this kind of incident happens “very often”.

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Motorbike driver dies after colliding with sedan on Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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A motorbike driver has died after colliding with a sedan driven by a Russian driver who was allegedly making a “risky” U-turn on Thepkrasattri Road in Koh Kaew yesterday.

The incident happened at 3.30pm yesterday.

Police and other emergency responders arrived to find a white sedan, a motorbike and a pickup truck.

The motorbike driver had sustained serious injuries – 19 year old Weerapat Chamnina – and had already been rushed tp Mission Phuket Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Police report that a white sedan, whose driver was a 37 year old Russian man, Maxim Shadrin, was heading along the southbound lane of Thepkasattri Road.

Police speculate that he was trying to make a U-turn but was allegedly out of the lane of traffic making the turn.

The motorbike collided with the rear of the man’s sedan.  The motorbike driver bounced off to the other side of the road (northbound lane).  Then a pickup truck hit the motorbike driver.

Police are continuing their investigation and examining all the CCTV footage.

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54 year old Swede dodges traffic in Thepkasattri Road, Phuket

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PHUKET: Achadtaya Chuenniran

A 54 year old Swedish tourist is now in custody after running around Thepkasattri road yesterday morning dodging cars and causing traffic mayhem. Luckily no cars came in contact with the man police described as ‘mentally ill’.

A video clip from the incident shows the man running in and out of the traffic on Thepkasattri Road in Thalang. The incident happened around 2.30am.

The road had to be closed for 20-30 minutes as police apprehended the man, unhurt. The motive for his dangerous antics have not become apparent at this stage.

The man, who remains named was taken to Thalang Hospital for checking then was transferred to Vachira Hospital in Phuket Town. Police revealed that his visa expired on the same day so they’ve contacted the local Swedish consular officials to check on the man’s family and travel situation.

The Swede is currently being evaluated and treated in the hospital’s psychiatric wing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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