Bangkok Subway Route News 1999

The following extensions are proposals awaiting approval or being planned as of 1999.

Blue Line North Extension - 11.6 km
November 26, 1999

Seven stations with a park and ride at Rattanathibet Road. This extension will cost 28,500 million baht (US$ 712.5 million). The construction will be from 2006 to 2009. This extension will open for public service in early 2010.
    Construction: design and construction : 2009-2011
    Open to the public: 2012 to celebrate the 7th cycle birthday of His Majesty The King in 2011
    Park and ride: Ratanathibet Road near Sanambin Nam intersection
Note on the Blue Line Extension: The Cabinet decided to delay the MRTA Blue Line extensions (50.055 billion baht) and ask for a revision of the Mass Transit Masterplan so they can reallocate money for projects in rural areas such as irrigation and four-lane national highway projects.
    from Prachachart Thurakit (http://www.matichon.co.th), November 25-28, 1999
    The Northern and Southern Extensions of MRTA Blue Line are undergoing environmental impact studies by the Bureau of Environmental Policies and Plans which has send an inquiry to the MRTA to have an archeological survey and analysis done at Yaowarat, Wang Boorapha, and the Grand Palace (these are historically and religiously significant areas).  MRTA has hired Team Consultant Engineer Co.Ltd for the archeological survey along the Southern Extension (the first 3 stations) and paid 2 million baht to the consultant company which will make a 5-month survey beginning August 16, 1999.

Northern Extension:
All above ground:
 1) Tao Poon - Tao Poon itersection
 2) Bang Son - Southern Rail way intersect with Pracharat Rd.
 3) Wongswang - intersection between Pracharat and Wongswang Road (inner ring road)
 4) Tiwanon Road - at Nonthaburi Intersection the beginning of Tiwanon Road
 5) Rewadee - Soi Rewadee (a short cut to Rattanathibet Road)
 6) Rattanathibet - near New Bureaucratic Center of Nonthaburee and Rok Suang Ok (Chest Disease) Hospital
 7) Sanambin Nam - Sanambin Nam intersection near Phranangklao Bridge

Blue Line South Extension - 14 km
November 26, 1999

    The Hua Lampong-Bang Kae Section begins westward from the south end of the Initial System Project at Hua Lamphong Station. It goes along Charoem Krung Road (this is the road that goes through Chinatown--I can't imagine how bad the traffic will be when they start to tear up this road), passes Chinatown, Wang Burapha, then turns left at Wat Poh before crossing under the Chao Phrya River at the place between Wat Po and Pakklong Talad flee market. At that point the system remains underground for about 1.5 km before going above ground. The route then crosses Charansanitwongse Road at Tha Pra Intersection and runs along Phatkasem Road and ends at the Outer Ring Road. That works out to be 5 km underground and 9 km elevated.
    Park and ride: One at the last station at the Outer Ring Road
    Construction:
        Phase I: Hua Lumphong-Royal Palace     3.1 km    Construction: 2001-2004    Opening: 2005
        Phase II: Royal Palace-Tha Phra               3.4 km    Construction: 2004-2007    Opening: 2008
        Phase III: Tha Phra-Bang Khae                 7.3 km    Construction: 2006-2009    Opening: 2010

Note on Blue Line Extensions: The Cabinet decided to delay the MRTA Blue Line extensions (50.055 billion baht) and ask for a revision of the Mass Transit Masterplan so they can reallocate money for projects in rural areas  such as irrigation and four-lane national highway projects.
    from Prachachart Thurakit (http://www.matichon.co.th), November 25-28, 1999
    The Northern and Southern Extensions of MRTA Blue Line are undergoing environmental impact studies by the Bureau of Environmental Policies and Plans which has send an inquiry to the MRTA to have an archeological survey and analysis done at Yaowarat, Wang Boorapha, and the Grand Palace (these are historically and religiously significant areas).  MRTA has hired Team Consultant Engineer Co.Ltd for the archeological survey along the Southern Extension (the first 3 stations) and paid 2 million baht to the consultant company which will make a 5-month survey beginning August 16, 1999.

Underground section:
1) Mungkorn Road - Yaowarat area (AKA Bangkok Chinatown)
2) Wang Boorapha - the old trade center in downtown Bangkok, near Chaloem Krung Royal Theater (the first airconditioned theater in Bangkok - founded in 1932 to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of Bangkok on April 6, 1932)
3) Grand Palace - at the beginning of the New Road - near Wat Po and Wang Saranrom Park
4) Issaraphab Road - in Thonburi (Issaraphab means "freedom")
5) Tha Phra
Above-ground section:
6) Bang Phai Hospital
7) Siam University
8) Phasee Charoen District
9) Bang Khae Market
10) Kanchanaphisek Outer Ring Road - (AKA Bang Khae) near The Mall Shopping Center, Bang Khae branch

Orange Line - 35 km
Last updated December 1, 1999

    The Orange Line will cost 235.2 billion baht (US$ 5.88 billion). This line will go along Ramkhamhaeng Road past Bang Kapi, Lum Salee, Huaa Mark Stadium, Ram Khamhaeng University and turn right to Sriwara, Pracha Uthit Road to intersect with the MRTA Blue line at Thai Cultural Center. After that it will go to Vibhavadee Rangsit Highway to Dindaeng and intersect with BTS Skytrain at Victory Monument. It will go along Ratchawithee Road, Chitlada Palace, Dusit Zoo and turn left at Uthong Intersection (Near National Assembly, Headquarter of Chart Thai and Chart Phatthana) to go along with Uthong Nai Road to National Library (Thewet), Bank of Thailand, Phan Fah Bridge (near Mahakan Fort and Democracy Monument), Chaloem Krung, Saphan Phut Bridge, Wongwian Yai.  It will go above ground after passing Mahaisawan intersection.  It will end up at Prachauthit intersection near the Expressway.
    Design and Construction : 2011-2016
        Phase I: Bangkapi-Thai Cultural Center (Huay Kwang)    Opening: 2015
        Phase II: Thai Cultural Center-Wang Boorapha                 Opening: 2016
        Phase III: Wang Boorapha-Ratboorana                               Opening: 2017
        This line will be completed to celebrate the 90th birthday of His Majesty The King.
    Park and Ride: three Park and Rides: Bangkapi, Rama II Highway, and Ratboorana (near Prachauthit Road)

Northern Section - 20.9 km - 18 stations
Above-ground section:
1.1) Bang Kapi - near Wat Sri Boonrueng
Underground section:
1.2) Lam Salee intersection
1.3) Ramkhamhaeng Hospital
1.4) Hua Mark Stadium - near ABAC entrance gate and Ratchamangkla Kreethasatha (Hua Mark Stadium)
1.5) Ramkhamhaeng University - near Wat Thepleela (Ramkhamhaeng 39)
1.6) Rachataphak College - near Sriwara Intersection and Ramindra-Artnarong Expressway
1.7) MRTA Depot in Huay Kwang area
1.8) Thiam Ruam Mit - Thai Cultural Center (a free transfer station to MRTA Blue line)
1.9) Surasak Montree Highschool - in Vibhavadee-Rangsit Highway,near National College of Defence, Thai Chamber of Commerce University, Rajamangkla Institute - Chakkapongse Phoowanart Campus, Royal Thai Army Stadium and the 1st Infantry Regiment - Royal guard
1.10) Veteran Army Hospital - Veteran Welfare Organization, near Dindaeng Three-Way Intersection
1.11) Victory Monument - a free transfer station to the BTS Skytrain
1.12) Ratchawithee House - an orphantage house near Yothee Four-Way Intersection, Chitlada Palace and Ramathibodee Hospital (a free Transfer station to Hopewell line (Dusit Station)
1.13) Chitlada - Chitladda Palace, near Dusit Zoo and Vajiravut College - a boy's school established by King Vajiravut
1.14) Wimmarn Mek - Wimarn Mek Mansion (Castle in the Sky Mansion), the biggest golden teak mansion in the world. Not far from National Assembly, Equistarian Plaza Wang Parutsakkawan (Police Museum)
1.15) National Library - Sisao Thevet Intersection
1.16) Wat Samphraya - near the Bank of Thailand (Bang Khunphrom Palace)
1.17) Bang Lamphoo - near Sumen Fort
1.18) Phan Fah Bridge - near Mahakan Fort, Golden Mountain and Democracy Monument (a transfer station to the western section of Hopewell)

Southern Section - 12.4 km - 9 stations
Underground section:
2.1) Wang Boorapha (a free transfer to MRTA Blue Line)
2.2) Phra Pokklao Bridge
2.3) Wongwian Yai - at Wongwian Yai Railway Station which will become Southern Bangkok (Thonburi) Terminal to connect the BTS, Hopewell and MRTA together
2.4) Samreh Canal - near Pinklao Naval Hospital
2.5) Mahaisawan Intersection - near Bangkok Bridge
Above-ground section:
2.6) Dao Khanong Canal, the beginning of Suksawat Road near Dao Khanong Intersection - near Jomthong Road
2.7) Rama II Road - Thonburi-Pakthau Highway, in Bang Mod commune
2.8) Bang Pakok Canal - near Bang Pakok Market
2.9) Ratboorana - Near Prachauthit Road and expressway

Eastern Extension of Orange Line - 11.8 km
November 26, 1999

This line will be above ground going along Sukhaphiban 3 Road (AKA Ramkhamhaeng Road) to Minburi

3.1) Summakorn Village
3.2) Eastern Outer Ring Road (Saphan Soong District)
3.3) Bua Khao Village - not far from Bua Khao Depot
3.4) Romklao Road - the road to Lad Rabang Railway Station and Nong Ngoohao Airport
3.5) Minburi - at Surinthawongse Intersection - the end of Ramkhamhaeng Road (Sukhaphiban 3 Road)

Southern Extension of Orange Line - 10.4 km
Last Updated December 1, 1999

This line will be above ground going along Suksawat Road and will turn left at Kru Nai Canal to the Southern section of Kanjanaphisek Outer Ring Road - going through an underwater tunnel across Chaophraya River to Samrong Tai.  This extension will never be started before the southern section of Outer Ring Road is opened for public service.

4.1) Prapradaeng - Nakhonkhuenkhan interesection to district hall of Phrapadaeng
4.2) Suksawat - Suksawat road near Suksawat Soi 66 (a shortcut to Prachauthit Soi 69)
4.3) Khrunai Canal - near Suksawat School
4.4) Sukhaphiban Soi 16 - AKA Soi Wat Bang Ya Phraek, a short cut to Poojao Samingphrai Road
4.5) Sukhaphiban - AKA Wat Bang Hua Suea Road, near Thai Samut Village
4.6) Wat Suansom - Suansom (Orange orchard) Temple near Poochao Samingphrai road
4.7) Samrong Tai - the Interesection between  Sukhumvit, and proposed Southern section of the outer ring road (a free transfer station to BTS Skytrain)

Purple Line Project - 35 km
February 10, 2000

Note: This is a proposed route not in the original 1997 master plan.
Purple line : Bang Phood (Bang Phood Commune, Pakkret District, Nonthaburi Province) - Thewet (Seesao Thewet - used to be the place where the BKK tramways lines intersect)

Northern Section of the Purple Line - 11 stations, 16 km
This section will be above ground according to the OCMLT plan. The plan notes that it will be necessary to install noise-reducing equipment so that people who live in the Muangthong Thanee will not be annoyed.
1) Bang Phood - at Soi Muangthong Thanee, Tiwanon Road, not far from Nonthaburi Bridge (Nuan Chawee Bridge)
2) Muangthong Thanee - near Muangthong Thanee Sport Complex and Muangthong Thanee Market
3) Suay Canal - (AKA Bang Phood Canal) near the lane to go to Phongphet Village [Project] 3
4) Chaeng Wattana - at the interesection between Chaeng Wattana and Prachachuen Road
5) Metropolitan Water Authority near the beginning of Samakkhee Road
6) Dhurakitpundit University
7) Ngamwongwan - at Phongphet interesection between Ngam Wongwan and Prachachuen Road
8) Prachaniwet 1 - Prachaniwet 1 Village, near Matichon Press
9) Ratchadaphisek - (AKA Prachanukool) at Prachanukool Interesection Prachachuen and Ratchadaphisek inner ring road  interesect here
10) Prapa canal - near the beginning of Prachachuen Road and Prachachuen Market
11) Tao Poon - Tao Poon area (a free transfer station to MRTA Blue Line)

Southern Section of the Purple Line - 5 stations, 5.2 km
This line will be a subway line after passing Tao Poon Station, according to the OCMLT plan.  However, the future of this section still has lots of uncertainties.
1) Bang Pho Interesection - Vietnamese commuity in Bangkok
2) Yothinboorana High School - near Kiakkai Intersection, military (Royal Thai Army) zone in Bangkok
3) Rachinee Bon High School - a girl's school in Sriyan area
4) Wachira Hospital - near Wachira Intersection
5) National Library - near Seesao Thevet intersection (a transfer station to MRTA Orange Line)

Here's another list of Purple Line stations:

 Purple Line - Southern Section - From Tao Poon to Thewet - 5.2 km 5 stations going along Samsen Road
 1) Bang Pho Interesection - Vietnamese commuity in BKK
 2) Kiakkai Intersection - military zone
 3) Kiaw Khai Ka Pier
 4) Wachira Inersection - Wachara Hospital
 5) Thevet - Seesao Thevet

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