57 local trains to be cancelled to curb virus spread

57 local trains to be cancelled to curb virus spread

The State Railway of Thailand will temporarily pull 57 trains out of service from Tuesday to curb the coronavirus spread. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
The State Railway of Thailand will temporarily pull 57 trains out of service from Tuesday to curb the coronavirus spread. (Photo by Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will suspend 57 locals trains starting on Tuesday to restrict travel that could further spread Covid-19.

SRT governor Niruj Maneepun said on Sunday cancellations will affect 13 local services on the northern line, 18 on the northeastern routes, 12 in the southern region and 14 eastern trains.

Most cancelled trains start at Hua Lamphong station and include some trains popular with tourists, including service to Kanchanaburi and Hua Hin.

The move was to support the policies of the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, which favours travel restrictions to contain the virus spread, he said.

The railway agency has already temporarily halted all sightseeing and most long-haul trains for the same reason.

Thailand has logged 13,500 confirmed infections and 73 deaths since the start of the pandemic in January 2020. The current outbreak that began in mid-December has spread to 63 provinces.

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