News #196: Bangkok Light Blue Line Monorail

Foster + Partners reveals Techo International Airport, KL-Bangkok HSR, Chiang Mai transit system, HCMC-Can Tho railway proposal.

Hello from Bangkok. It’s my last week here for this trip, so I am visiting as many construction sites and rail interchanges while I am here. I wrote about the station transfer mess in 2022, so there will be a follow-up on the new stations (spoiler alert - apart from one station, it’s not good).

This week I published an article about a monorail line in Bangkok that is proposed but probably not going to be built. This article will support a longer article about transit in Bangkok that I will publish after I finish my trip here.

I haven’t locked in my travels beyond March, but it looks like I will go to Malaysia in April and then possibly Indonesia, and then back to Thailand in May for Asia Pacific Rail.

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The Light Blue Line is a proposed monorail in Bangkok. The line would run along a north–south axis from Din Daeng to Sathon.


🇰🇭 Cambodia

“Residents living along Phnom Penh’s Boeng Tamok lake say the authorities tell them their homes are dangerous and unclean for building stilted homes over the lake that are partly anchored to the road.”

🇮🇩 Indonesia

🇱🇦 Laos

“The Champassak province project will build hotels, casinos and a golf course near a famous waterfall.”

🇲🇾 Malaysia

“The chairman of MyHSR Corporation Sdn Bhd, Datuk Seri Fauzi Abdul Rahman, said that there may be a possibility that the bullet train will be extended to Malaysia's northern sector, with a final stop at Padang Besar in Perlis, but the immediate priority is on the KL-Singapore HSR to be developed.”

“Malaysia Rail Link says it is working to strengthen the involvement of more Bumiputeras in the project.”

🇵🇭 Philippines

🇸🇬 Singapore

🇹🇭 Thailand

This article mentions the three proposed transit lines and the high-speed railway.

Plans afoot for new city bus terminal”The Transport Ministry plans to construct a new Bangkok Bus Terminal in the Bang Sue area, within walking distance of the Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal.”

A new central bus terminal should have been built next to Krung Thep Aphiwat Central Terminal at the same time so it could be fully integrated. Better late than never.

🇻🇳 Vietnam

"Under the group’s proposal sent to the government, the railway route would be 174 kilometres long and have 12 stations, running HCM City, Can Tho City and the provinces of Binh Duong, Long An, Tien Giang and Vinh Long. It will transport both passengers and goods."

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