Pongsapat: Free school buses, too

Pheu Thai Party candidate for Bangkok governor Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen promoted a policy of free school bus services in outer suburban Bangkok, while his Democrat Party rival MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra explained his flood prevention plan to people living in the eastern part of the capital on Monday.

Pol Gen Pongsapat said while campaigning in Klong Sam Wa district on Monday that there were not enough buses available for students travelling to schools in the suburbs, and fares in passenger vans were a pricey alternative.

He said his proposal would be operated on the same budget as the free bus service and be implemented in marginal areas of Bangkok and five bordering provinces.

The former deputy national police chief said he would take 30% of buses out of inner Bangkok, reducing traffic in the main part of the capital city.

Asked about polls showing he is leading in the campaign race to date he replied, "It really motivates me to keep going. I am ready to show the public that there will be visible changes within a year."

In Bangkok's Lat Krabang district, former governor MR Sukhumbhand said he will build a large storm water tunnel linking Prawet Burirom canal and Suvarnabhumi canal to end the repeated flooding in eastern Bangkok.

The BTS skytrain's yellow line would also be expanded to link with transportation networks in the eastern region of the city to help reduce traffic in the area, he said.

MR Sukhumbhand said he is not concerned at this time about opinion surveys putting him behind his main rival because they are not really that far apart in terms of votes.

Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, left, and MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra (File photos)

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