is it true that bangkok got a new southern busterminal? is the old one still in use also? what is the location?
#1 emielvl has been a member since 27/4/2007. Posts: 13
isn't the current southern bus terminal the new southern bus terminal? i realize we are going back quite a few years here, but the current one replaced an older one and the "new" part of the name stuck.
Asking around , yes there is new Southern Bus Terminal due to open.
Seemingly it was supposed to be on 1st of May , but thats doubtful as it didnt look ready the last time a friend passed by.
I am still trying to figure out the exact location but I have been told its at Talingchan Junction.
Lets hope it does away with that awful long u-turn , that was a pain .
"Southern Bus Terminal - also known as Sai Tai Mai, this older and relatively chaotic sprawling terminal serves all points west and south from its somewhat inconvenient location on the "wrong" side of the river. The terminal was scheduled to move to a new, even more remote location in Phutthamonthon Sai 1 in on May 1st 2007, a deadline that was missed yet again — enquire locally." source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Bangkok
#6 emielvl has been a member since 27/4/2007. Posts: 13
So its November ..... maybe :-)
President of the Transport Company, Wuthichart Kalayanamit, says the construction of the new southern bus terminal on Boromratchachonnanee road is complete and all significant equipments have already been moved there.
Wuthichart adds that the new southern bus terminal will be opened for public services on November 1.
He adds that initially, the Transport Company will begin services for long travel routes from Bangkok to at least Chumporn Province.
Services for shorter routes will commence on November 15.
As for destinations of less than 200 kilometers from Bangkok, the Transport Company will begin services before December 3.
The construction project of the new southern bus terminal have been implemented by the private sector, aiming to develop and improve bus terminals nationwide under the idea of the "Safety Zone."
The project is aimed to improve bus terminals across the country and bring them to airport standards, to ensure passengers' safety as only passengers will be allowed to enter platforms at the bus terminal.
Closed-circuit television cameras have been installed throughout the new southern bus terminal and passengers will be allowed to enter bus platforms 15 minutes before the departure time, in order to reduce congestion around the platform areas.
Moreover, the new southern bus terminal also provides a large car park on more than 37 rai of land.
Asked about the traffic congestion, the president of the Transport Company says the company is preparing to arrange traffic around the area by separating the entrance and the exit of compound in order to lessen traffic jams in front of the terminal during rush hour.