Rail-link contractor blamed for city’s horror traffic jams

Rail-link contractor blamed for city's horror traffic jams - The Nation, July 7, 2005
The State Railway's failure to inform the public about road closures due to construction of the Suvarnabhumi Airport Rail Link has caused traffic paralysis on city roads since Tuesday, traffic police said.
The State Railway of Thailand is closing Kamphaengphet 7 Road to enable contractors to position tractors and materials along the 28-kilometre-long construction site...
The closure forced commuters to detour using the parallel New Phetburi and Rama IX roads. These routes were also affected by severe congestion, which in turn spread to Rajprasong, Rajdamri, Sukhumvit, Sathorn and Rama IV roads, where vehicles queued on the expressway all the way to the Bang Na tollgate.
Other deadlocked areas included Ramkhamhaeng, Lat Phrao, Bang Kapi, Praditmanutham, Srinakarin and Pattanakarn. Also the traffic trap at Phetburi Road affected Rajdamnoen, where vehicles were stalled on the Rama XIII bridge on the way to Talingchan...
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