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The Red Line Delayed Again Until 2023

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The Red Line Delayed Again Until 2023

The transport ministry has announced the contractor on the northern Red Line has asked for another 500 days to complete the project pushing the opening back to 2023.

Minister of Transport, Saksayam Chidchob, said delays were caused by extra work needed on electrical and power transmission systems, signalling and communication equipment, plus the automatic fare collection system.

Approval for the Red Line running from Thammasat University in Rangsit to Bang Sue was granted in January 2009 and has been plagued by delays, disputes, and budget overspending since construction finally started in 2013.

The Red Line was initially expected to open in 2018, then 2020, now 2023.

The budget for the 1st Phase of the Dark Red Line project has progressively increased due to the delays and further redesign of the project. It has risen from an initial 59.89 billion baht in 2007, to 75.55 billion baht in 2009 and to 80.38 billion baht in 2012. An additional requested for 8.14 billion baht will increase the current budget to 88.52 billion baht.

Initially, the SRT Red Line will run from the new Bang Sue Grand Central north for 26 km via Don Mueang to terminate at Rangsit in Pathum Thani Province. The line will then be extended a further 10 km north from Rangsit to Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus.

In phase 2 it will run 11km from Bang Sue south via Phaya Thai to terminate at Hua Lumphong station.

The final section of the line will run south-east from Hua Lumphong for 39 km to Maha Chai in Samut Sakhon Province via Wong Wian Yai along the current Maha Chai railway alignment.



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Elderly Dutch Man Drowns Off Pattaya Beach

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Elderly Dutchman Drowns Off Pattaya Beach

No foul play is suspected in the death of an elderly Dutchman whose body was found floating in the sea off Pattaya beach on Friday evening.

The body of 74-year-old Johannes Van Schaik was spotted by locals floating in the sea close to Walking Street around 7pm.

A missing persons report had already been filed with police by his worried wife earlier in the evening after he failed to return from an afternoon swim.

Elderly Dutchman Drowns Off Pattaya Beach

Rescue volunteers from the Sawang Boriboon Foundation used a boat to recover the body as a crowd of onlookers gathered to watch including the wife of the deceased.

His wife Sukjai, 41, was inconsolable and was comforted by members of the public.

Police believe the man died of natural causes and sent the body for an autopsy.



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There’s A Booze Ban Coming Up On Thursday

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Booze Ban Thailand Thursday 1st October

There will be a ban on the sale of alcohol this Thursday, 1st October to mark Wan Awk Phansa – the end of Buddhist Lent.

The restriction on the sale of booze will run from 00.00 to 23.59 on Thursday leaving some flexibility for venues to open early Wednesday then throw open their doors again at midnight as many nightclubs and go-go bars choose to do.

Many pubs will remain open selling only non-alcoholic beverages as they do good business on the food side.

Wan Awk Phansa is one of the big five days on the holy calendar that sees the sale of alcohol banned. It was added to the list of alcohol-free days on religious holidays back in 2015.



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Groundbreaking Ceremony For New 8.8 Billion Baht U.S. Consulate In Chiang Mai

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Groundbreaking Ceremony For New 8.8 Billion Baht US Consulate In Chiang Mai

The US Ambassador and other dignitaries broke ground today on the new U.S. Consulate General in Chiang Mai.

Big wigs on the end of a shovel included Ambassador Michael George DeSombre, Consul General Sean K. O’Neill, Thai Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi, and Chiang Mai Governor Charoenrit Sanguansat.

The new consulate will be located on the Super Highway replacing the decades building on Witchayanond Road by the Ping river built in 1950.

Groundbreaking Ceremony For New 8.8 Billion Baht US Consulate In Chiang Mai

The new Consulate General will provide a secure, modern, and resilient platform for the conduct of U.S. diplomacy in northern Thailand.

Ennead Architects of New York is the design architect for the project and B.L. Harbert International of Birmingham, Alabama is the construction contractor.

Throughout this project, an estimated $45 million will be invested in the local economy. The project will employ an estimated 600 American, Thai, and third-country nationals.

Approximately 70% of the workforce will be recruited from the local labour pool.

The project is expected to be completed in 2023.



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