State Railway of Thailand reopens most routes along southern rail lineSeptember 13th, 2008 - 11:10 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi
The Director of the Tourism Information and Service Center of the State Railway of Thailand, Mr. Pairat Rojcharoen-ngam (ไพรัช โรจน์เจริญงาม), reveals that, as of 8:05 AM this morning (September 13), the State Railway of Thailand has resumed operations along its southern route with the first long distance train now traveling along the Bangkok-Surat Thani (กรุงเทพฯ - สุราษฎร์ธานี) route following a 2 week suspension of services throughout the southern rail line.
A total of 18 trains will be traveling along the southern rail route today. Mr. Pairat said that the reason normal railway operations was postponed by an additional one day since yesterday (September 12) was due to the need for security forces to survey the southern rail line to ensure the safety of passing trains Mr. Pairat reports that the Bangkok-Butterworth (กรุงเทพฯ-บัตเตอร์เวอร์ ) and Bangkok-Trang (กรุงเทพฯ-ตรัง) routes will be reopened tomorrow (September 14).
He reveals that the reason the southern rail route is not running at its full capacity was due to train cars which were left stranded at various stations. It is expected that these trains will be recovered and returned to duty within 1 to 2 days. Mr. Pairat said that the 2 week service suspension from August 30 to September 12 cost the SRT over 150 million baht in revenue.
Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand