Railway Authority board resigns to take responsbility for rail line suspensions

September 1st, 2008 - 1:38 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Chairman of the Railway Authority of Thailand’s Board Somsak Boonthong (สมศักดิ์ บุญทอง) declared the entire board’s resignation, reasoning that the Railway Union’s participation in the nation’s political turmoil created inconvenience to the nation’s citizens and must be considered unjust.

The resignation follows the suspension of 115 train lines from the Railway Authority of Thailand’s 244 lines, which the board said it must take responsilibity for.

Railway Authority Governor Yuthana Thapcharoen (ยุทธนา ทัพเจริญ) is scheduled to meet and negotiate with the Railway Union this afternoon at the Nakorn Ratchasima train station where 7 train engines have been placed as a stoppage to the Northeastern line. The situation has so far caused a loss of 60 million baht to the Railway Authority.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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