Peraphon Thawornsupacharoen of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning said yesterday that construction of Phuket’s light-rail project could start within two years, if everything goes according to plan.
“We hope to open the bidding for corporations and local organizations to join the project at the beginning of next year. We expect construction to start in 2017 and finish in 2021,” he said. “The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand has already expressed interest in joining the project.”
This authority is the same who is operating the BTS Skytrain system in Bangkok.
The 24 billion Phuket light rail project still needs to pass the environment assessment before its final steps.
Also local residents need to be questioned further in order to give some recommendations and feedback as many of them will be affected by the new system.
A public hearing to gather such feedback was to be held yesterday at Queen Sirikit Park in Phuket Town but was called off due to heavy rain.
All feedback from locals will then be sent to the project coordinators for further investigations. Main concerns raised by the public so far were available parking spaces.