SRT is boosting daily frequencies to Suvarnabhumi airport while Bangkok second airport at Don Mueang sees progress for a proper rail service by next year.
The State Railway of Thailand made an announcement on Wednesday which will please users. Airport Rail Link has increased its service frequency to 10 minutes or 195 trips per day from 154 during weekdays to meet increasing demand. Weekend services will also be ramped up to 182 trips from 140, said Prasert Attanan, acting governor of the State Railway of Thailand, the operator of the Airport Rail Link. The success has been high due to
With eight stations, Airport Rail Link connects Suvarnabhumi airport with inner Bangkok in just 25 minutes time. The Airport Express -which used to link non-stop in 15 minutes the airport to Makkasan Station near Petchaburi Road and Sukhumvit- has been cancelled in September 2014 due to poor demand. The hourly Makkasan Express service had only on average 400 passengers a day. Prices for one ticket was fixed at THB 100 compared to THB45 for the Airport City Link with its various stops.
Meanwhile, SRT works at connecting by rail Bangkok to its second airport in Don Mueang. The future rail link is divided in three phases with the first phase linking Bang Sue (where the MRT Blue Line stops) to Don Mueang via the new Bus terminal at Mochit. originally planned to open last year, the line is due to open to the public in 2018 with six stations up to Rangsit temporary end station.
In the longer term, the SRT Dark Red Line (as designated for now) will be further extended to Hua Lamphong Main Railway Station in Bangkok city centre, offering convenient connections to the long-distance train network.
in parallel to the SRT Dark Red Line, the government launched the expansion of the Airport Rail Link from Suvarnabhumi to Don Mueang. Work started in autumn 2016 and will connect at Phaya Thai Skytrain station. it will then run in parallel to the Dark Red Line and would then garanty a transfer time of 45 minutes between both Bangkok airports, independantly of traffic congestions on roads. The 21.8 km extension—3.5 km underground and 18.3 km elevated—would consist of five stations beyond the current terminus at Phaya Thai: Chitladda Palace (underground), Bang Sue Intercity Terminal (under construction), Bang Khen, Laksi, and Don Mueang. The link could be open to the public around 2020/2021.