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Phuket Transport Improvements

Phuket is Thailand’s largest and most visited island, which means a solid infrastructure is essential to effectively serve both the local community and the high number of tourists that flock to the island every year.

As such, recent announcements regarding a new Light Rail System (LRS) were extremely welcome when they were made public.

Initially, a system has been proposed that will see 20-22 trains run the island’s full north-south route every day, and according to a representative from the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning, plans for the LRS will be adjusted to suit the needs of the local community.

“Trains will run from Tha-Noon in Phang Nga [the northernmost station] to Chalong Circle [the southernmost],” said a press statement. “Others will run inside Phuket Town to relieve traffic congestion. We expect 70,000 passengers to use the LRS every day.

With ticket prices predicted to be as low as THB18 (USD0.50) for one stop or THB160 (USD 5) from terminus to terminus, the project is not expected to generate huge profits. However, the service will offer a substantial improvement for locals and tourists alike, while minimizing pollution on the island  and hopefully reducing the number of road accidents on the island.”

“The LRS is a great public transport option for Phuket,” said Phuket's Governor. “The island is a world-class tourist destination, and we need a world-class transport system to accommodate the tourists as well as the locals.”

The project has also been welcomed by the island’s property industry, with property prices in the vicinity of stations on the line likely to rise due to their increased connectivity.

“A Phuket light-rail project is a game-changer for the island,” said Bill Barnett, founder and managing director of C9 Hotelworks, a Phuket-based hospitality firm. “You have to look no further than Bangkok and the how the BTS Skytrain re-wrote the capital’s business, tourism and property map. It transported the Chao Phraya and Silom markets into the Sukhumvit area, and to this day is a key economic indicator for real estate and economic growth,’ he added.




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