Airport Link 'needs more trains'
- Published: 20/08/2013 at 02:52 PM
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The Airport Rail Link needs more trains so it can better serve the needs of a growing number of passengers, Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt said on Tuesday.
A Suvarnbhumi-bound train is about to leave a station.
Mr Chadchart wrote on his Facebook page on Tuesday that he had travelled to Suvarnabhumi airport on the ARL city line to see off Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who was flying out to Tajikistan and Pakistan on Monday morning.
On his way back he noticed that the train was almost full after going only one stop from the airport. At some stations, passengers had great difficulty getting on the train because there were so many people on board, he said.
The transport minister said around 43,000 commuters use the city line of the Airport Rail Link each day, which has only five trains, while around 1,500 people take the express line, which has two trains.
The city line leaves from Phayathai station every 15 or 20 minutes on its 25-minute journey the airport. The express line leaves every hour and the trip takes 15 minutes.
In addition to more trains, Mr Chadchart added that there are other areas in which the company could also improve its service to travellers
There should be more escalators at some ARL stations, and many of the stops on the line still need to be connected to stations serving other forms of public transport, he said
Adjustments should be made to the ARL organisational structure, because its current position as a subsidiary of the State Railway of Thailand allows little flexibility in its management, he added.
The company should also provide better welfare and clear career paths for its employees, the transport minister said.
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