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AS part of a plan to dramatically update the country’s public infrastructure, Thailand is set to complete Southeast Asia’s largest rail station in 2021.
The Bang Sue Grand Station will replace Bangkok’s current main station, Hua Lamphong, and will help relieve the capital of its infamous traffic congestion problems.
Construction began on the massive project in 2013, with most of the structure now being complete. Works on the interior are due to be finished in time for services to commence in 2021.
The 520 hectare station is four stories high, has 12 platforms up to 600 metres long and 24 tracks.
This will allow the station to accommodate 40 trains at a time with a daily passenger capacity of 600,000 people, more than ten times that of Hua Lamphong.
Above: Most of the station's exterior has been completed (image courtesy of Poonpun2016).
An impressive 30 percent of the station will be devoted to green spaces, while all trains will be electric and pollution-free.
Besides serving inner city trains, the station will also accomodate the capital’s metro and high-speed trains, providing faster connections with the three major international airports surrounding the city.
The Bang Sue Grand Station will form part of the country’s first ever high-speed rail network, the first phase of which is already under construction and will link the 251 kilometre distance between Bangkok north and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Above: The new high-speed line will link Thailand with China's Belt and Road Initiative (image courtesy of MNXANL).
The rest of the line will extend a further 356 kilometres between Nakhon Ratchasima and Nong Khai.
Once constructed it will be possible to travel from Bangkok to the border with Laos in under three hours - a dramatic reduction from the typical 11 hours the journey presently takes.
The line will also connect with China’s Belt and Road Initiative currently being built through Laos.
Header image courtesy of Setawut.