An important milestone was reached on the Bangkok Blue Line Extension (Section 2) on 29th July with the soft opening of five new stations for “Demonstration Running” i.e. free service for the public during off-peak hours. As it was a public holiday for the Queen Mother’s Birthday there was a huge turnout to see the 4 iconic underground stations that serve Chinatown and the historic palace district, as well as the western bank of the Chao Phraya River where the line rises above ground and continues on viaduct.
The underground stations all have unique architectural designs to reflect the surrounding monuments. The Demonstration Running is gradually being extended, both in terms of daily service times and extent, so that the full Section 2 with its 11 stations will be operating by the contractual milestone of 29th September for Commencement of Revenue Service and formal opening.
The remaining fully elevated branch, Section 3, with a further 8 stations, is currently undergoing Testing and Commissioning and it should also be ready to open well before its contractual date of 30th March 2020.
The M&E works, including rolling stock, power supply, signaling, SCADA & telecom, automatic fare collection, platform screen doors and depot equipment are being supplied by a Siemens-led consortium as a subcontractor to the PPP (supply & installation plus 30 year operation concession) contract of Bangkok Expressway and Metro Company.
Egis, as part of the MEBL consortium, is providing Mechanical and Electrical Supervision services to the Mass Rapid Transit Authority (MRTA).