End of an era – last trains to Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong in December

Cheap ’s the tip of an period because the State Railway of Thailand looks to ceasing prepare services to and from Bangkok’s Hua Lamphong railway station. The costly patch of land, where the well-known station is located, is slated for a graceful new commercial growth. The decommissioning of the famous outdated station will occur on the end of the yr.
Hua Lamphong, has been the start or finish of hundreds of thousands of journeys for over a century and is a Bangkok landmark. Originally built in 1916, Hua Lamphong was designed by Italian duo Mario Tamagno and Annibale Rigotti. Style-wise, the long-lasting station is described as Italian Neo-Renaissance fashion – principally seen in the balustrudes, arcades, decorative options and accents.
Now, the land’s new improvement is anticipated to draw 800 billion baht for the State Railway over the subsequent 30 years. The SRT is presently 600 billion baht within the pink.
But the Hua Lamphong railway station isn’t the only land the SRT are looking to redevelop with land the place the Thon Buri station, Mae Nam station and the Royal City Avenue additionally being slated for redevelopment.
The redevelopments are being dealt with by SRT Asset Company, a privately operated subsidiary of the State Railway Authority.
But not everyone is happy. The a lot bigger and model new Bang Sue station, which will turn into Bangkok’s new railway and transport hub, isn’t as properly positioned to a few of the internal city’s hottest areas. For a hundred and five years residential areas have sprung up round Hua Lamphong however the newer station is additional out of city though the newer BTS and MRT networks link to the huge Bang Sue terminal.
For residents and families that settled near Hua Lamphong, due to the convenience and links to other inner metropolis transport, the transfer will add to prices and time as they transit throughout Bangkok.
Local residents have been vocal opponents to the transfer away from the previous station, claiming they’ve had little say in the transition to the model new Bangkok railway hub.
For now, regardless of the Transport Minister’s insistence that every thing is being accomplished to make the transition as smooth as potential, a direct link to the new hub doesn’t exist. The Ministers says Bangkok Mass Transit Authority is being requested to add new companies between the stations. At this time these plans don’t exist with the previous station’s final trains less than 2 months away.
Bang Sue station has had its public debut, not as Bangkok’s new transport hub but as a mass vaccination centre for the capital’s Covid vaccine roll out.

PHOTO: The new, sprawling Bang Sue Railway hub for Bangkok

PHOTO: Hua Lamphong has been the start or end of tens of millions of journeys for over one hundred years

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