Rail News


September 10 , 2021

End of the line looms for hawkers, rough sleepers at Bangkok station

The Jakarta Post 
August 31 2021 (Indonesia)

An uncertain fate awaits the hawkers, drivers and rough sleepers who have made a second home under the ornate arched ceiling of Bangkok's century-old central railway station.

The elegant Italianate columns and stained-glass windows of the station at Hua Lamphong will soon echo no more to the constant rattle of trains arriving and departing.

The vast majority of services will move to a new rail hub on the capital's northern outskirts later this year, with plans for eventual fast services to China through neighboring Laos.

The coronavirus pandemic has already bought a year's reprieve for the current station, near the city's Chinatown district — its replacement is almost finished but currently being used as a vaccination center.


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