There’s nothing like traveling through the countryside by train, sitting back and watching beautiful vistas go by. Soon, people traveling to Phuket might be able to have a few new train routes to choose from, as a new southern transport infrastructure is currently in development. In an effort to boost tourism, a proposed route has been outlined that would make it so that a rail line would pass through three major provinces, Trang, Satun and Phuket, all known for their seaside and marine tourist attractions.
Another route is also on the table, one that would pass through Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang by road. Director of the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy, Pheerapol Thawornsupacharoen, stated that the department was planning on speeding up the feasibility study of the proposed routes in order to get things moving. The Rural Roads Department, the Highways Department and the State Railway of Thailand are all set to work on the projects. The move is aimed at tourists but locals are said to benefit as well. The new route would make it so that the transportation of goods and local products could be moved more conveniently and efficiently.
Even a light rail service is on the cards in the region. Certain agencies are proposing to build a new light rail service from Phang Nga’s Tha Noon district to Phuket’s Tha Chalong Intersection. This sixty kilometer route would also link with the planned East-West rail section in Phang Nga. Much like the BTS in Bangkok, this rail line would be above ground, over roads, so as not to take up too much valuable real estate.
With so many new routes, transportation in and around the island is really looking up.