Express rail makes life easier for commuters between Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi Airport These days you can get to Suvarnabhumi Airport from downtown Bangkok in quick time thanks to the Airport Rail Link (ARL), a rapid train ride on elevated tracks 28 kilometres long inaugurated last week. The recently-launched Airport Rail Link, your ticket to Suvarnabhumi Airport from Bangkok. It can deliver you there in 30 minutes, or even half that time. For commuters, here are some vital tips. The ART comprises of a City Line and Express Line.
New SPP bidding round for 2,000 MW due soon The Energy Ministry expects to open a new round of small power producer (SPP) licence bids for combined output of 2,000 megawatts within one to two months, says Viraphol Jirapraditkul, director-general of the Energy Policy and Planning Office (Eppo).
Egat to build new power plants on old sites The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand has decided to build power plants at the same sites as its old plants instead of new locations where it could run into community resistance.
Thaniya plans green community mall Srinakarin Road project to cost B1.5bn Thaniya Group, the developer of the Springfield Royal Country Club, has earmarked 1.5 billion baht to develop its first neighbourhood community mall next year on land it owns on Srinakarin Road in Bangkok.
Lifts for Living Vacuum elevators for the home cater to the ups and downs of the wealthy. Home elevators have become more popular among the wealthy, who use them to accommodate their aged parents, as well as themselves when they grow older. But they can be difficult to install in existing houses or a two- or three-storey condominium units due to space limitations.
UV has high hopes for new office tower Lofty rents reflect green efficiency The listed developer Univentures Plc (UV) is confident of achieving 90% occupancy for its new Park Ventures office building on Wireless Road in 2012 with an initial rate of return of at least 13%.
Nova plans new condo, hotel projects in Pattaya, Bangkok worth B6.5bn The Pattaya-based developer Nova Group plans to introduce nine projects worth a combined 6.5 billion baht in Pattaya and Bangkok over the next two years, says president Rony Fineman. Four of them will be condominiums worth more than five billion baht. The rest will be three- and four-star hotels in the two cities.
Development on Fast track So much to gain from new rail routes. While the cabinet will today consider approving the framework of joint investment between Thailand and China on the development of high-speed train routes in Thailand, both public and private sectors believe faster rail transit will benefit the country economically and socially. China’s Maglev train, which travels 30 kilometres between Longyang Rd Station and Shanghai International Airport in just over seven minutes, is the fastest commercial train in the world.
Eyebrows raised over Blue Line Deal Ch Karnchang has voiced no opposition to the Mass Rapid Transit Authority’s move to award the first construction contract for the Blue Line electric-train project to Italian-Thai Development, according to a source at the Transport Ministry.
THAILAND – RAILWAYS Phuket Light Rail Boost from Fast-Track China Group PHUKET has the highly-skilled Pan-China Construction Group pushing a plan for speedy introduction of a light-rail airport-Phuket City link – and a host of developments of other kinds.