SRT refiles space plans for stations

SRT refiles space plans for stations

Green space developed by the SRT is seen along its railway connecting Makasan and Khlongtan train stations. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Green space developed by the SRT is seen along its railway connecting Makasan and Khlongtan train stations. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has submitted a revised plan to develop more than 50,000 square metres of space at Bang Sue Grand Station and 12 Red Line stations for commercial use.

The development plan had to be resubmitted to the SRT's board for consideration after it asked for additional details, said SRT governor Nirut Maneephan.

Mr Nirut said SRT Asset Co, a sister company, is responsible for drafting and implementing the development plan, which has been adopted from existing commercial development plans at Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports.

"Only business management models are adopted, not pricing strategies, so passengers do not have to worry about high-priced food and beverages at Bang Sue Grand Station," Mr Nirut said.

"Along with this commercial space development plan, the SRT has also come up with a plan to turn a plot of land next to the central station, known as Plot A, into a food court where food and beverages will be sold at regular prices."

A skywalk will connect the food court to the grand station to improve convenience for passengers and visitors crossing back and forth between the two structures, he said.

The commercial space development plan is broken into four main contracts, which are each 20 years long to make better use of the grand station's space for commercial purposes, Mr Nirut said.

Another 20-year contract will allow space at the grand station to be used for advertising, he added.

Two other contracts, both three years long, will allow commercial use of space at the 12 stations and advertising boards to be installed at these locations, he said.

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