BANGKOK (The Nation/Asia News Network): Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand Station has gone into full operation as of Tuesday (Nov 1), with trains heading to all parts of the country except for trains to the East.
Most long-distance, rapid and express trains will terminate at Bang Sue Grand Station, except East-bound ones, which will terminate at Hua Lamphong station.
“Krungthep Aphiwat Central Station [the official name for Bang Sue Grand Station] has ticket counters on the ground floor on the northern and southern sides,” the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said.
“Initially, tickets for long-distance trains will only be available in the southern side, which is conveniently located between the platforms of the Red Line city train and the MRT Blue Line.”
SRT said it hopes that making Bang Sue Grand Station into a terminus for most trains will make travel easier, especially since it connects to the Red and Blue lines and is close to the Green, Purple and Pink lines. It is also near the inter-provincial Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) and accessible by several public buses.
The 15-billion-baht grand station opened in November last year and began serving passengers of SRT’s two Red Lines. It is the largest railway station in South-East Asia, with 26 platforms and 274,000sq m of useable floor space.
The station also features an underground parking lot for up to 1,700 cars as well as state-of-the-art facilities, clean toilets and fully airconditioned waiting rooms, the announcement said.