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Phuket transport of the future - pictures and details revealed of province's "Tramway" project

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

PHUKET: -- The first electric tram in the Southern region is set to be built in Phuket starting next year.

 

Pictures of the "Tramway" have been announced along with ambitious plans for the 24 station line from Tha Nun to Chalong (five way intersection) via the airport.

 

An upbeat story from Thai Rath said that the government had earmarked Phuket as a key "center of tourism" with a booming economy claiming that 15 million tourists visit the province every year.

 

Building on the first phase of the Tramway will begin next year - this is the section from the airport (station number 4) to the end of the line at Chalong.

 

It is expected to take three years to complete at a cost of 23 billion baht.

 

The train will be powered by overhead electricity. Speeds outside the city limits will be 80 to 100 kilometers an hour, said Thai Rath, while speeds within the city will be limited to 20-40 km/hour.

 

Trams will be capable of carrying 200 passengers.

 

Tickets will cost 18 baht plus 2.5 baht per kilometer travelled.

 

Communications ministry spokesman Chaiyawat Thongkhamkhoon said that the project was in the final stages of consideration and was one of many nationwide designed to improve the country's transport infrastructure.

 

However, it will be the first of its kind in the region, he said.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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The purple people eater!

Waiting with bated breath for it to get started. Much needed to help with the booming economy and 15 million tourists coming to the Province every year.

 

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Yay...

woo woo train.

At least they figured out how much tickets will be.

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56 minutes ago, Pomthai said:

Yay...

woo woo train.

At least they figured out how much tickets will be.

 

"Tickets will cost 18 baht plus 2.5 baht per kilometer travelled."

 

I wonder how they figure out the kilos travelled.  Surely it will a fixed price  station on/station off. I supoose hitech ticket machines will sort it out. Given about 50 km from airport to Chalong that does not seem inexpensive.  Much the same as a minbus. 

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1 hour ago, LivinginKata said:

Given about 50 km from airport to Chalong that does not seem inexpensive.  Much the same as a minbus. 

Even if it was double the price of the minibus, I would still prefer it.

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2 hours ago, LivinginKata said:

 

"Tickets will cost 18 baht plus 2.5 baht per kilometer travelled."

 

I wonder how they figure out the kilos travelled.  Surely it will a fixed price  station on/station off. I supoose hitech ticket machines will sort it out. Given about 50 km from airport to Chalong that does not seem inexpensive.  Much the same as a minbus. 

I hope the track gauge is going to be more than shown on the mock-up.  The normal track gauge is around 1 metre 80 (5ft or so) and the ride is smooth and fast.  Thai cities certainly need a good public transport system.  Chiang Mai for instance is chocng up by 3.30 every day now, as there are no buses, trains, trams.   Just dozens and dozens of Song Taews, belching diesel smoke, and 1 driver, 1 car.

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The traffic situation during the construction phase is a major concern to me. It's bad already, chaotic at certain bottlenecks and roadworks and, like today at Chalong Circle, sometimes at an absolute standstill. 

 

PS I'm sure the finished article will look just like the picture!!!

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1 hour ago, masuk said:

I hope the track gauge is going to be more than shown on the mock-up.  The normal track gauge is around 1 metre 80 (5ft or so) and the ride is smooth and fast. 

 

Thai Railways have always run on 1 metre gauge (approx. 3.25 feet) the international standard gauge for railways is 1.435 metres (4ft 8.5 inches)  Stephenson chose this gauge for his first railway line as it was the gauge of a private mine railway he had been working on. Brunel of course started with a broad gauge of 2.14 metres which resulted in the GWR having the fastest trains of the day plus extra passenger capacity in the carriages.

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I presume that the necessary 8-10 metre strip that is required is all ready to be used.

A long while since i lived on Phuket, but i cant think of any multi lanes roads as depicted in pics with a median strip anywhere near the width shown.

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6 hours ago, Old Croc said:

The purple people eater!

Waiting with bated breath for it to get started. Much needed to help with the booming economy and 15 million tourists coming to the Province every year.

 

Purple people eater, indeed. I hope they intend to put guard rails up to dissuade potential jaywalkers and keep out those motorbikes that like to cut across medians instead of heading to the next junction and making a u-turn. 

 

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51 minutes ago, peterpaintpot said:

 

Thai Railways have always run on 1 metre gauge (approx. 3.25 feet) the international standard gauge for railways is 1.435 metres (4ft 8.5 inches)  Stephenson chose this gauge for his first railway line as it was the gauge of a private mine railway he had been working on. Brunel of course started with a broad gauge of 2.14 metres which resulted in the GWR having the fastest trains of the day plus extra passenger capacity in the carriages.

And the reason for the private mine rail width was that it was the standard width of a cart. The roads had become rutted over time and every one used this width when building carts.

 

On another note.....This should have happened after the Tsunami. Golden opportunity lost at a time when money was pouring into Phuket.

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Fantastic news.  And it is going to be all finished by 2020.  I will have to mark that date in my diary so that I can be the first to ride on it.

 

And I love the photo mockup from the road that runs in front of Vichira.  Currently that road only has two lanes.  Not sure where the other four in the photo are going to materialize from.

 

I still can't believe it, in just three short years there will be a electric tram running the full length of Phuket and out to the airport as well.

 

No doubt they will use Thai electricity that will not be phased by the flooded roads in wet season.

 

And of course those carriages float.

 

Oh...and why doesn't the mockup show a huge crack across the windscreen like the one that the taxi drivers put in the windscreen of the airport bus...

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