Besides intercity trains, Bang Sue will also serve Bangkok’s metro, commuter, and high-speed trains, and provide fast connections with Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang, and U-Tapao international airports.
According to the ministry, the 220km route between Don Mueang, in the northern outskirts of Bangkok, and U-Tapao in Rayong province could be traveled in less than an hour. Bang Sue Grand Station will be a stop for Thailand’s first high-speed train project, which will run between Bangkok to Nong Khai.
Once completed, this project will enable travelers from Bangkok to reach the Laotian border in three hours, rather than 11 at present.
Sino-Thai Engineering Construction began work on the structure of the station in 2013 and this has now been completed; work on its interior will be completed in time for the services to begin in 2021.
When complete, the 520ha station will be the largest in Southeast Asia. It will be four stories high, with 12 platforms up to 600m long and 24 tracks. This will allow it to accommodate up to 40 trains at the same time, with a daily passenger capacity of 600,000, more than 10 times that of Hua Lamphong.
At least 30% of its area will be devoted to green spaces and it will be pollution-free since it will serve only electric trains. The Thai government also hopes to promote Bang Sue as a catalyst for developing a new central business district around the station.
According to Global Construction Review