End of Hopewell's "Stonehenge"

End of Hopewell's "Stonehenge"

The abandoned Hopewell mass transit project, known as Bangkok's "Stonehenge," will be demolished to make way for the Red Line electric railway.

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These concrete pillars and beams of the abandoned Hopewell mass transit project along northbound railway tracks in Bangkok will be dismantled soon to pave the way for the construction of the Red Line electric railway from Bang Sue to Rangsit of Pathum Thani. The picture was taken from a camera mounted on a remote-controlled helicopter by Sithikorn Wongwudthianun.

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Hopewell's pillars ousted by Red Line

Abandoned project's columns to be razed

Amornrat Mahitthirook

The concrete pillars of the abandoned Hopewell mass transit project will be demolished for a new railway on the same route.

The clearance of the pillars will cost about 200 million baht.

More than 500 concrete pillars of the Hopewell project have stood unused along the line for about 15 years.

Hopewell (Thailand) Co of Hong Kong's Hopewell Holding failed to complete the original project.

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) Thursday signed a 21.2-billion-baht deal with Italian-Thai Development Plc (ITD) to build the Red Line electric rail section from Bang Sue to Rangsit.

It is the second of three contracts to build the Red Line railway.

Withawat Khunapongsiri, ITD's Red Line director, said 90% of the pillars would be demolished. The pillars slated for demolition were not strong enough to be used in the project or they would cause obstructions, he said.

The Red Line's 21km-long Bang Sue-Rangsit section is planned along Bangkok's northbound railway tracks, which is where the Hopewell project had also been planned.

More than 900 structures, including houses, garages, warehouses and shops, will be demolished over the next 30-45 days to make way for the route.

The Bang Sue-Rangsit link is expected be completed in three years.

The route's original design was to include six stations in Bang Khen, Thung Song Hong, Lak Si, Karn Kheha, Don Muang and Rangsit.

Transport Minister Chadchat Sittipunt, however, has ordered the SRT to develop two more stations at Wat Samian Nari and Lak Hok areas. He also wants more tracks to be added to support a future high-speed railway.

The route's first contract, worth 29.82 billion baht, included the construction of the Bang Sue main station, a depot and a station in the Chatuchak area.

The SRT signed that contract with the SU Joint Venture of Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Plc and Unique Engineering and Construction Plc on Jan 18.

The third contract concerns the procurement of trains and their operating system, worth 26.27 billion baht. Four contenders are bidding for the deal, which SRT governor Prapat Chongsanguan promised to speed up.

pillar – a strong column made of stone, metal or wood which supports part of a building or structure เสาหลัก
beams – long thick pieces of metal, concrete, etc. especially used to support weight in a building or other structure เสา
abandoned – left and no longer used ที่ถูกละทิ้ง
mass transit – the system of moving large numbers of people around in a city, including buses, trains, subways, etc.  การขนส่งมวลชน
northbound – going north ซึ่งไปทางเหนือ
dismantle – to take something apart, in this case, to defeat an opponent completely รื้อ
pave the way – to make something possible; to prepare the way for something เตรียมการ ปูทาง
construction – the work of building or making something, especially buildings, bridges, etc. การก่อสร้าง
mount – to fix something into position on something ตั้ง, จัดตั้ง
column – a tall thick post used for supporting a roof or decorating a building; a pillar เสา
ousted – forced out ขับออกจาก
raze – to completely destroy a building, town, etc. so that nothing is left ทำลายจนราบ
demolish – to completely destroy a building, especially in order to use the land for something else รื้อ (สิ่งก่อสร้าง), ทำลาย
route – the roads, paths, waterways, etc., used to go from one place to another เส้นทาง
clearance – the process of removing things that are not wanted or used and often selling them การทำให้หมดไป, การเอาออกไป
original – the first of something เดิม, แบบฉบับ
deal – a formal agreement, especially in business or politics การตกลงซื้อขาย, ข้อตกลง, การซื้อขาย
section – any of the parts into which something is divided ส่วน
slate – to plan that something will happen at a particular time in the future วางแผนสำหรับสิ่งที่จะเกิดขึ้นในาในอนาคต
obstruction – something that blocks a road, an entrance, etc; the fact of blocking a road, an entrance, a passage, etc สิ่งกีดขวาง, การขัดขวาง
structure – something large such as a building or a bridge that is built from different parts โครงสร้าง
warehouse – a large building for storing things โกดังสินค้า, คลังสินค้า, โรงพัสดุ
link – a connection ความเชื่อมโยงกัน
depot – a building where supplies or vehicles are kept คลัง
procurement – the process of buying supplies or equipment for a government department or company การจัดซื้อวัสดุ เครื่องมือสำหรับบริษัท หรือหน่วยงานของรัฐ
contender – someone or something who competes with other people คู่ต่อสู้, คู่แข่ง
bidding – offering to buy/sell something at a specific price ยื่นเสนอราคา

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