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More Investment in Transport Infrastructure in 2017

4 January 2017 (Readers 1030)

The Government will continue its investment in transport infrastructure. It is preparing to push for the action plan on investment in transport infrastructure for 2017, which comprises 36 projects.
Government Spokesman Lieutenant General Sansern Kaewkumnerd said that the projects, which involve a budget of more than 895.7 billion baht, would continue from those in 2016. They are intended to cope with the growing economy and facilitate the travel of the people.
Among these projects are those related to the development of dual-track railways, suburban trains, electric trains, special highways, sea ports, and airports. One of them is a new ferry service, linking Pattaya in Chon Buri with Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan.
The new service is operating on a trial basis from 1 to 15 January 2017, free of charge as a New Years gift for the people. In the initial stage, one ferry will operate offering two trips a day; each ferry can carry 320 passengers. The ferry leaves Hua Hin (Fishing Marketing Organization Pier) at 8:30 a.m. for Pattaya (Laem Bali Hai Pier). It leaves Pattaya at 3:30 p.m. for Hua Hin.
The ferry service will be officially launched on 16 January 2017, with a fare between 1,200 and 1,250 baht per trip. By February 2016, two ferries will operate for this service. Interested persons may register to use the service as a New Years gift at the Marine Departments website, or travel to the designated sites for the service in Pattaya or Hua Hin.
With the new service, the trip takes only one hour and 40 minutes, compared to four or five hours for travel on roads, which also face traffic congestion. It is expected that the ferry service will generate more than four billion baht in income for the areas around the piers.
In the future, the Government will open another new ferry service that carries both passengers and cars. More routes will also be added, such as those from Bang Pu in Samut Prakan to Hua Hin and from Bang Pu to Pattaya.
The Government will also renovate the piers in Pattaya, Bang Pu, and Pran Buri to accommodate the increasing number of passengers and cars that use the service. Accommodations, restaurants, and markets will also be opened around the areas to attract tourist arrivals.
The Governments infrastructure policy also aims to strengthen Thailands strategic location as a hub for regional connectivity. This entails a complete upgrade of the countrys land, water, and air transportation systems.
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