Bangkok’s visitors love the convenience of Hua Lamphong, the city main railway station. However, travellers won’t be able to enjoy it much longer as the rail hub is due to progressively stop its activities starting from the end of 2019.
The new station that train passengers will need to know is called Bang Sue Central Station and is located north of the city, near to Chatuchak Market. The project is actually the largest national transport infrastructure in development, valued at US$ 1 billion. Once in operation, Ban Sue will also become Southeast Asia largest rail station.
The new station, spanning 240,000 m2 will become the Kingdom’s largest rail transportation hub connecting regional trains, city trains, future high-speed rail lines as well as the Airport Express Rail and the MRT.
The station will comprise four floors: an underground floor will be for a parking for over 1,600 vehicles; the ground floor will host ticket counters and passengers facilities; the second floor will have twelve tracks including eight for long-distance routes operated by diesel trains and four for SRT Red Line’s electric commuter rail network.
The third floor will receive high-speed rail services, including the future Thai-Chinese high-speed railway between Bangkok and Nong Khai, the high-speed railway connecting Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao Pattaya international airports and the Thai-Japanese high-speed railway between Bangkok and Chiang Mai.
Bang Sue Rangsit Red Line
By May 2018, the new rail station is already completed up to 50%. According to State Railway of Thailand, the station will commence operations in 2019, with the first services to be transferred from Hua Lamphong. High-speed lines are due to enter service around 2022. The station can only be fully opened once all the projects finish, but the Red Line service from Bang Sue to Rangsit is expected to be operational in November 2019.
What will then happen to Hua Lamphong? The beautiful station built in Italian style in 1916 will not be demolished, as it is listed as a heritage building. There are plans to turn it into a rail museum.
Baolau integrates online ticket booking for trains in Thailand departing and arriving in Hua Lamphong Railway Station and connecting the capital with Chiang Mai through SRT Northern Line, Nong Khai, and Ubon Ratchathani through SRT Northeastern Line, and Hat Yai through SRT Southern Line, among other destinations.