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Plan announced for Saphan Taksin BTS expansion

The Saphan Taksin skytrain station clearly needs to be expanded, but it is located in a highly-congested area. PATIPAT JANTHONG

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The BMA is set to pay an estimated 1 billion baht for the expansion of the Saphan Taksin skytrain station, says Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

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B1bn for Saphan Taksin boost

Om Jotikasthira

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is set to pay an estimated 1 billion baht for the expansion of the Saphan Taksin skytrain station, says Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

The station is expected to be completed by December 2019.

Mr Arkhom said the 27-month expansion plan for the station will be divided into two steps, with the project's design and planning phase first taking five months, starting next month.

The actual construction process is due to start next February.

The expansion plan involves constructing 1.8 metre-wide road expansions on each side of the Taksin Bridge, also known as Sathorn Bridge.

The road expansions will stretch for 230 metres on each side, along the area currently bottlenecked by the Saphan Taksin BTS station.

The station itself will be expanded from a single-track station to a double-track one, prompting the 1.8-metre expansions on both sides of Taksin Bridge, said Mr Arkhom.

He said the planning process will involve discussions on how the expansion of the sky train station can avoid worsening traffic, especially in the bridge's bottlenecked area.

The current bottleneck, located where the Saphan Taksin sky train station is, is widely known to get extremely congested, more so as traffic worsens during rush hour.

Aside from taking cars across the Chao Phraya River, Taksin Bridge is also a popular stop for commuters to transfer to the Chao Phraya Express Boat service at Sathon Pier.

BMA deputy permanent secretary Wanchai Thanomsak said the estimated one-billion baht cost of the expansion plan will also involve reorganising the areas surrounding the Saphan Taksin skytrain station.

He said the area is currently home to an disorganised station for motorcycle taxis and songthaew as well as several tangled electricity lines.

Mr Wanchai said reorganising this area will be necessary due to tourist traffic.

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Vocabulary:

actual : real; existing in fact - จริง

aside from (prep): apart from; except for - นอกจาก, นอกเหนือจาก

avoid : to try to prevent something from happening - หลีกเลี่ยง

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) : the local government of Bangkok - กรุงเทพมหานคร

BMA (noun): the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration; the local government of Bangkok - กรุงเทพมหานคร

bottleneck : a narrow area where a water in a river or traffic on a road slows or stops - คอขวด

commuters : people who regularly travel between work and home - คนเดินทางระหว่างบ้านและที่ทำงาน

complete (verb): to finish something; to bring some project to an end after having done everything successfully - ทำเสร็จ, ทำให้สมบูรณ์

congested : too blocked or crowded and causing difficulties - แน่นขนัด

construct : to build or make something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - สร้าง

construction : the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. - การก่อสร้าง

currently : at this time; now - ในปัจจุบัน

deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

discussion : conversation; talk - การสนทนา, การอภิปราย

disorganised (adjective): messy, without any system or order, chaotic, orderless, disarranged - ซึ่งไม่เป็นระบบ, ซึ่งยุ่งเหยิง, ซึ่งไม่เป็นระเบียบ, ซึ่งระส่ำระสาย, ซึ่งวุ่นวาย, Syn.

divide (verb): to break or split into two pieces - แบ่ง, See also: แยก, แบ่งแยก, แยกเป็นสองส่วน

due to : because of - เนื่องจาก

due to : scheduled to - มีกำหนด

estimated : thought to be a particular amount, size, etc. based on a guess or the best information available - ประมาณการ

expand : to make or become larger - ขยาย

expansionary : making something increase in size, number or importance - ขยายออก

extremely : very; to a very high degree - อย่างมาก, อย่างยิ่ง

located : where something is - ตั้งอยู่

permanent secretary : a government official, not a political appointee, in charge of a ministry - ปลัดกระทรวง

phase : a particular period of time during the development of something - ตอน, ขั้นตอน, ช่วง, ระยะ

popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ

process : a series of actions that you take in order to achieve a result - แนวทางปฏิบัติ, กระบวน, วิธีการ

reorganise (verb): to change the way in which something is organised or done - จัดระบบใหม่

rush hour : a time of the day when large number of people are either going to or coming from work - ช่วงเวลาเร่ิงด่วน (อันที่จริงในภาษาไทยที่ดีไม่มีคำว่า ช่วงเวลาเร่งด่วน  คำนี้ควรกล่าวว่า ช่วงเวลาที่มีการสัญจรไปมามากกว่าช่วงเวลาอื่น)

set to : ready to do something - พร้อม

songthaew (noun): (Thai) a pickup or larger truck, with two long. inward facing bench seats fitted in the back, along the sides - รถสองแถว

stretch : to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction - ขยายออก, ยืดออก

surrounding : all around a place - บริเวณรอบๆ

transfer (verb): to move from one place to another; change location - ย้าย; โยกย้าย

Transport Minister (noun): The government minister who heads the Ministry of Transport - รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงคมนาคม

worsen (verb): to get worse, to make worse - เลวลง, แย่ลง, ทรุดลง

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