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Old November 20th, 2009, 11:10 PM   #201
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The freeways around Bangkok are pretty impressive, a lot of 6, 8 and 10-lane freeways. Is there a motorway numbering system?

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Old November 22nd, 2009, 01:22 PM   #202
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Thailand has number 7 and 9 for Motorway.
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Old November 24th, 2009, 03:09 PM   #203
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Old November 26th, 2009, 08:56 PM   #204
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Old November 27th, 2009, 07:42 PM   #205
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Expressway expects 10% revenue rise Traffic volume swells on overpass repairs

Bangkokpost Published: 27/11/2009


The listed expressway operator Bangkok Expressway Plc (BECL) has raised its revenue projection for this year to 10% growth - up from a forecast of a 6% increase - as traffic volume has risen beyond expectations.

Traffic volume in the first 10 months of this year increased by 2.12% to 944,761 vehicles per day, up from 925,105 per day in the same period last year. Toll revenue rose by 10.31% to 20.713 million baht per day, up from 18.78 million year-on-year.

Suttida Sukhanindr, senior manager for investor relations at BECL, said the closure for repair of 13 overpasses in Bangkok had fuelled an increase in traffic in the city centre.

Revenue growth was also propelled by higher traffic in Chaeng Watthana due to the opening of government agencies and the development of residential projects and shopping malls.

"The figures for traffic volume, which have increased by 2% - more than the flat growth expected earlier - have made us confident of higher toll revenue this year," Ms Suttida told investors and analysts yesterday.

The company expects traffic to grow by 2% next year, with revenue growth also projected at 2%, with the opening of the new government complex in Chaeng Watthana boosting traffic in the area.

BECL expects a small gain of 24 million baht from its rival, Don Muang Tollway, raised tolls next month, which is expected to make some motorists use the expressway instead.

In the third quarter, BECL's net profit increased by 53% year-on-year to 482 million baht on revenue of 1.98 billion, up 14.4% from the same period last year. Toll revenue accounted for 1.92 billion baht.

The increase was attributed to the 12.25% rise in toll revenue from the same period last year, due to the opening of new roads that increased vehicles using the system, and the raising of tolls at the beginning of September.

Nine-month earnings rose by 43.5% year-on-year to 1.36 billion baht, with revenue up by 11.2% to 5.76 billion, of which 5.6 billion was toll revenue.

Sirima Dissara, an analyst at KGI Securities, forecasts BECL's net profit would rise by 4.7% this year to 1.7 billion baht and will reach 1.8 billion in 2010 due to an increase in traffic volume and dividends from SET-listed Thai Tap Water Supply Plc, in which BECL holds a 9.24% stake.

Shares of BECL closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 19 baht, up 50 satang, in trade worth 47.29 million baht.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 01:57 PM   #208
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Old December 8th, 2009, 01:07 PM   #209
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Old December 16th, 2009, 07:50 PM   #211
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ADB helps finance Thailand's highway expansion

The Nation Published on December 17, 2009


The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will help finance a highway expansion in Thailand to stimulate trade and economic growth in its border regions and neighboring countries that make up the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

The ADB Board of Directors have approved a US$77.1 million loan to support the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Highway Expansion Project, the development bank said in a statement released today.

The project will upgrade from two lanes to four lanes 178 km of national highways that form part of the GMS economic corridor - a network of roads that link Cambodia, People's Republic of China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

GMS countries adopted the economic corridor approach to generate more cross border trade and extend the benefits of improved transport links to remote and landlocked locations in the region.

The road expansion, from Phitsanulok to Lom Sak in Thailand's northern region, and from Phanom Sarkham to Sa Kaeo in the central region, is expected to reduce passenger and freight operating costs by 10 per cent and travel times by 15 per cent, as well as bring significant economic growth to the local area.

"The reduction of travel times and the increase in cross-border trade activity will spur economic activity in the provinces where highways are expanded," said Yasushi Tanaka, Senior Transport Specialist in ADB's Southeast Asia Department. "We expect gross domestic product to increase by 20 per cent within three years of project completion."

Improved road safety will also be a key aim of the project, with traffic accident fatalities expected to fall by 40 per cent once the highway expansion is complete.

ADB's loan, from its ordinary capital resources, covers 43% of the project cost of $179.4 million. It has a 15-year term, including a grace period of five years, with interest determined in accordance with ADB's LIBOR-based lending facility. The executing agency is the Department of Highways.
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Old December 23rd, 2009, 01:16 PM   #212
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Sohpon tries to put brakes on toll hike Revoking contract with tollway firm possible

Bangkokpost Published: 23/12/2009 at 12:00 AM


The Transport Ministry is hoping to use a clause in its 2007 amended contract with Don Muang Tollway Plc to curb a steep hike in toll fees which have outraged consumer groups.

Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum yesterday said the Highways Department was examining Section 6 of the contract to see if the agreement could be revoked, effectively invalidating yesterday's toll rise.

The operator might have violated the contract, which allows it to extend the concession period and raise toll fees in exchange for scrapping any outstanding lawsuits and disputes with the government within 30 days of its signing of the amended contract on Sept 12, 2007, the minister said.

Walter Bau, a German firm and former shareholder in the operator, was recently awarded 1.4 billion baht in compensation by an arbitration body.

The German company sued the Highways Department for obstructing the operation of the Din Daeng-Don Muang tollway, in which the firm held a 10 per cent stake, after the government ordered tolls to be reduced.

Permanent secretary for transport Supoj Saplom said the amended contract was part of negotiations to clear lawsuits and to compensate the tollway operator for reduced revenues caused mainly by toll freezes and competing road projects.

But Mr Sohpon said he was confident the ministry could revoke the clause.

Thawalrat Onsira, deputy transport permanent secretary, has been appointed to study the contract. His findings are expected within a month, Mr Sohpon said.

"There is still a chance [of revoking the contract]," he said, while admitting it was not possible to freeze the toll rise."

The Administrative Court yesterday refused to grant an injunction on the toll increase.

It dismissed the petition for an injunction on grounds the hike was in line with the contract and the tollway was an alternative route for motorists who could use other roads.

But consumer rights groups, who said they would not give up their fight to prevent the toll increase, threatened the entire cabinet with legal action for failing to protect the public interest.

Don Muang Tollway chairman Sombat Panichcheewa yesterday distanced the firm from both the compensation payment and Walter Bau.

Walter Bau has sold its 10 per cent stake in the company and the dispute was filed by German investors whose interests were protected by a Thai-German investment treaty, he said.

On the Din Daeng-Don Muang section, tolls for four-wheelers will increase from 35 to 60 baht and for bigger vehicles from 65 to 90 baht.

On the Don Muang-National Memorial section, tolls for vehicles with four wheels were yesterday increased from 20 to 25 baht, and for bigger vehicles from 30 to 35 baht.

The toll rate for the entire route for four-wheelers rose from 55 to 85 baht and for bigger vehicles from 95 to 125 baht.

Traffic on the tollway fell by 31% on the first day of the hike while revenue rose by 10%, or about 400,000 baht, Mr Sombat said.

Motorists would gradually return to the tollway as traffic on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road is heavily congested, he said.

Traffic police yesterday reported heavy traffic on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road and congestion on the nearby Ngam Wong Wan and Chaeng Watthana roads.

Police said more motorists would use the tollway after the New Year's holiday, especially during the morning rush hour.

In a related development, members of the Inter-Provincial Passenger Vans Association said they would not raise fares despite the hike.

Samrueng Adisa, chairman of the Ayutthaya-based association, said van operators from 40 provinces would meet next week to discuss the hike, he said.
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Old December 24th, 2009, 01:06 PM   #213
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Bangkok's elevated expressways look great in those aerial shots.
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Old December 28th, 2009, 04:27 AM   #214
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Old January 4th, 2010, 07:51 PM   #215
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New Year's highway death toll hits 309 on sixth of seven dangerous days


BANGKOK, Jan 4 (TNA) – Thirty more persons were killed in road accidents throughout Thailand on January 3, the sixth day of the “seven high-risk New Year’s holidays,” bringing the total fatalities to 309.

Deputy Interior Minister Thaworn Senneam on Monday told a news conference that 358 road accidents occurred Sunday with 378 casualties, an 8.7 per cent decrease from last year.

A major cause of road accidents involved drunken driving at 27 per cent, followed by speeding at some 21 per cent.

Cumulative fatalities from December 29-January 3 reached 309, an almost 8 per cent drop compared to 2009 while the total casualties stood at 3,563, a reduction of 6.5 per cent. The total number of road accidents was recorded at 3,289.

The most cumulative deaths were reported in Chiang Mai and Chanthaburi with 11 deaths in each province while the highest number of the injured was seen in Nakhon Si Thammarat with 128.

No accidents at all occurred in Yasothon.

Mr Thaworn added that he had instructed officials concerned to facilitate to flow the traffic and closely monitor drivers who violated traffic rules as revelers continue to return to Bangkok.

Although the overall number of deaths and injured during this New Year period decreased seven per cent from last year, related agencies will continue road safety campaign.

Overall statistics on road accidents during theseven high-risk New Year’s holidays will be analysed and reviewed in order to set up a plan for April’s Songkran holidays, said the deputy interior minister. (TNA)
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Old January 4th, 2010, 08:09 PM   #216
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Wow 309 traffic fatalities in just a few days?
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Old January 5th, 2010, 03:07 PM   #217
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Well Australia has had about 70 deaths over the same period, with about one-third the population and vehicles. Given that Australia has so many more rules and enforcement, the stats in Thailand are not that bad (of course Thai drivers could drive much more carefully).

The article doesnt say how many fatalities occur on motorcycles, this is very important as most of the accidents I saw in Thailand, both on the road and in the news, involved motorcycles. Often motorbike drivers drive like idiots and buzz around other vehicles like flies while carrying extra people and goods, dodging them feels like a computer game sometimes.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 08:48 AM   #218
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Most of the death were drunken motorcycles riders along local roads in rural part of the country. Consider tens of millions of people travelling during the period, i think that the stat wasn't that bad particularly for thailand, a country where motorcycle was sold 1.6 mil. last year.
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