State Railway of Thailand

  • Bangkok

    PM asks for public to be consulted on plans for Hua Lamphong station

    The Thai PM has asked the Transport Ministry to gauge the public’s view on the redevelopment of Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station. The Bangkok Post reports that the station is set to close in around 3 weeks’ time. A government spokesman says PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has tasked all relevant agencies to take public opinion into account in any commercial development proposals.…

  • Transport

    Minister confirms all train services at Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station will end

    Rail services to Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong station will soon be no more, according to Thailand’s Transport Minister. Saksayam Chidchob says services to the station will initially be decreased from 118 a day to 22, before being phased out completely. No date has been confirmed for the termination of all services, but an earlier proposal has it pencilled in for December…

  • Insurgency

    Passenger train in Deep South’s Yala province attacked by gunmen

    Gunmen opened fire at a passenger train in the Deep South province Yala, damaging the train’s braking system. All southbound trains to Narathiwat are now being terminated in Yala and the Hat Yai branch of the State Railway of Thailand labour union is calling for increased security measures, according to the Bangkok Post. Insurgent-related violence happens frequently in the southeast…

  • Insurgency

    Bomb rocks train en route to Bangkok from the Deep South

    This afternoon a bomb exploded on a train bound for Bangkok as it was departing the Deep South province of Narathiwat. The explosion rocked a freight car, obliterating the wooden floor of the train and spilling its cargo onto the runway. The train had departed the Su-ngai Kolok district of Narathiwat heading for Bangkok, and had only travelled about 40…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Despite low riders, Covid-19 train to continue

    Despite a rocky start, the special train service the Transport Ministry arranged with the State Railway of Thailand to help bring Covid-19 infected patients in Bangkok to their hometowns for treatment will continue. The train, dubbed the “Covid Express”, will schedule more trips from Bangkok to the North and Northeast provinces even though the first train ended up with less…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Covid train cancelled, SRT cites lack of passengers

    A “special” Covid train that was bound for northeastern Thailand from Bangkok, today, has been cancelled. The State Railway of Thailand says there weren’t enough passengers. Previously, the government had told the SRT to provide a train with 14 carriages to transport Covid patients from Bangkok back to their home provinces for Covid treatment. The Covid train was supposed to leave…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Transport Ministry: refunds to cancel travel for Covid-19

    The Transport Ministry is launching plans to deal with forced cancellations of travel plans due to the most recent Covid-19 outbreak. With recent restrictions on entertainment venues, Songkran festivities, and some areas implementing quarantines for domestic travel, many holiday travellers will likely have no choice but to cancel their plans. The Transport Ministry has declared that all passengers by bus…

  • Thailand

    SRT studies alternative plans for Bang Sue Grand Station after no show of interested bidders

    There seems to be little interest in the new Bang Sue Grand Station project, which is planned to be Thailand’s new railway hub in place of Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong Railway Station and the largest railway station is Southeast Asia. Bidding for the station’s Plot A opened 3 weeks ago, with envelopes each costing 500,000 baht, but not one was sold.…

  • Weather

    Heavy rain wreaks havoc in flood-ravaged Nakhon Si Thammarat

    The governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat has put the disaster mitigation office on high alert, following 6 days of heavy rain in the southern province. Large swathes of land are underwater after extensive flooding that has affected tens of thousands of people in the region. The Bangkok Post reports that governor Kraisorn Wisitwong says floods have been recorded in 351…

  • Transport

    State Railway officials sign 5 high-speed rail contracts as part of project linking Thailand and China

    Officials from the State Railway of Thailand have signed 5 high-speed rail contracts worth more than 40 billion baht, in the latest development in the Thailand – China rail connection. It’s understood the contracts cover phase 1 of the railway, from Bangkok to the north-eastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat). It’s hoped that section will carry its first passengers in…

  • North East

    12 workers injured as tunnel collapses in north-eastern Thailand

    A tunnel under construction in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima has collapsed, injuring 12 workers. The tunnel is an underpass running below the Map Kabao-Jira Junction dual railway track. The underpass was bring constructed by the Italian-Thai company. According to the Bangkok Post, the scaffolding being used gave way due to concrete being poured unevenly, creating too heavy a…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    New plans for managing Thailand’s 2020 public debt

    The Thai Cabinet has approved new plans for managing the fiscal 2020 public debt that was previously proposed by the Ministry of Finance. Deputy Government spokesperson Traisulee Traisaranakul announced that… “according to the new plans, the amount of ‘new’ debt has been adjusted up to 1.497 trillion baht from 894.005 billion baht.” “The plan for the management of ‘existing’ debt has…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    All public transport in Bangkok to stop in time for nightly curfew

    Public transport services in the Bangkok area will be closed from 9.30pm – 4am in accordance with the PMs’ declaration of a nationwide curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus disease. This was announced by the Thai Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob. Normal service hours for MRTA, BTS and Airport Rail Link usually end at midnight but due to unusual circumstances,…

  • Coronavirus (Covid-19)

    Thai authorities track down contacts of Covid-19 victim

    Yesterday a 57 year old man, named as ‘Anan Soho’, passed away due to the effects of the Coronavirus. Authorities are now trying to track down people who came in contact with the man. The man died travelling on a southbound train on Monday night. A spokesperson from the Immigration Bureau says that Anan had returned to Thailand from Islamabad, Pakistan,…