Weight limit urged for river cable cars

AYUTTHAYA - Provincial authorities have recommended safety signs be posted on popular cable cars crossing the Chao Phraya River at Bang Pa-in following an inspection on Friday.

People ride in one of two cable cars crossing the Chao Phraya River at Bang Pa-in Palace. The cars have passed a safety inspection conducted by provincial authorities following the Tha Rua bridge tragedy on April 28. (Photo by Sunthorn Pongpao)

Ayutthaya deputy governor Thawee Narissirikul said signs should be posted to limit the maximum load of each car to eight people.

The cable cars shuttle visitors to Wat Niwet Thammaprawat and other attractions on the other side of the river.

The safety inspection followed the collapse of a suspension bridge in Ayutthaya's Tha Rua district, which killed four people and injured 23 others on April 28.

The cable cars have never been involved in any accidents since the service began in 1966.

Phra Phairote, secretary to the abbot of Wat Niwet Thammaprawat, said the cars were subject to strict routine maintenance.

Mr Thawee said local government agencies and district chiefs carried out safety inspections of bridges in their areas and found all of them to be in good condition.

Another bridge across the Pasak River in Tha Rua district has been closed for repairs after it was found to be in poor condition.

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