A new train station in Bangkok, which when it opens will be the largest in Southeast Asia, is set to transform rail travel in Thailand.
Construction of Bang Sue Central Station is now more than 50 percent complete and is on schedule to open in 2020.
The station, which is located near Bang Sue intersection on Thoet Damri road, will become the hub for Thailand’s high speed rail links, from Bangkok to Nong Khai and Bangkok to Chiang Mai.
It will also be used for the proposed Eastern Economic Corridor high-speed rail line which will link three airports – Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao in Rayong, and which promises travel from Pattaya to Bangkok in less than one hour.
As well accommodating the high speed trains it will also be used for the new electric trains and the older diesel trains used in Thailand, and help to connect the current Airport Rail Link and numerous MRT lines.
The new station will eventually replace the Hua Lamphong station, which has been Bangkok’s primary train station since it opened in 1916.
NNT reports the Bang Sue Central Station will cover more than 240,000 square meters.
However, a recent video by China’s Xinhua news agency put that figure over 300,000 square meters, which would make Bang Sue Central train station the largest in Southeast Asia.