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    PM orders swift resolution to Rama II Bangkok- Hua Hin highway construction delays

    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has directed the Transport Ministry to address the ongoing construction issues on Rama II highway, aiming to alleviate traffic congestion ahead of the Songkran holiday period. The directive comes in response to concerns raised on social media about the impact of these construction delays on travel to Hua Hin, a popular destination approximately 200 kilometers south of Bangkok.

    The instruction was specifically in reaction to a travel page post on X, mentioning the quietness of Hua Hin due to the avoidance of the notorious Rama II traffic jams by Bangkok residents. Srettha stressed the importance of completing the delayed Rama II project swiftly to facilitate smoother travel before the Songkran festival. He pledged to personally monitor the situation to resolve public grievances and enforce accountability on contractors who fail to fulfill their obligations.


    Contrary to the portrayal of Hua Hin as deserted, local residents have reported continued tourist activity in the area, challenging the claim of a significant decline due to Rama II’s conditions.


    The highway, a critical link to Thailand’s southern regions, has been plagued by extended construction phases, often humorously referred to as “seven generations of construction,” and safety concerns due to accidents and falling debris.

    PM orders swift resolution to Rama II ‘Bangkok- Hua Hin highway’ construction delays - Pattaya Mail

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    What else could anyone expect from a useless third world medieval corruptocracy rotten to its core poisoned by avarice and incompetence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seekingasylum View Post
    What else could anyone expect from a useless third world medieval corruptocracy rotten to its core poisoned by avarice and incompetence.
    A happy retirement, low tax, middlebrow expats and high winter temperatures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    A happy retirement, low tax, middlebrow expats and high winter temperatures.

    Dont forget the zephyrs dancing above the cerulean seas

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    Given that it's almost certainly Thais who will be the most adversely affected, I would have thought SA would be cackling with glee.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44 View Post
    A happy retirement, low tax, middlebrow expats and high winter temperatures.

    and someone who's got a lust for life to share the retirement with you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    and someone who's got a lust for life to share the retirement with you.
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    Transport Ministry issues stern warning to Rama II road contractors

    Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit has warned that contractors working on Rama II Road, who fail to meet their contractual deliverables within the specified deadlines, will be barred from bidding for new ministry projects or be downgraded.


    The minister called a meeting with all the contractors today todiscuss their work on the road, which is one of the two main arteries from Bangkok to southern provinces, after there was widespread public criticism over reports that construction work is delayed and is expected to be completed in June next year, far behind schedule.


    Suriya told the media today that he will be straight-forward with the contractors and seek their assurances that they will meet their contractual deadlines.


    It has been claimed that traffic woes caused by the construction is discouraging tourists from visiting Hua Hin, resulting in a substantial reduction in hotel occupancy.


    The seemingly endless construction on Rama II Road has been satirically renamed the “seven generation road”, implying it has been built and rebuilt for seven generations without ever being completed.


    The minister said he will conduct an on-site inspection on Monday, to see with his own eyes the progress and care for public safety there.


    Meanwhile, Move Forward MP Nattacha Boonchaiinsawat suggested today that the Transport Ministry review all construction contracts and identify any contractors who have failed to meet their deadlines or whose construction work issubstandard or otherwise not in accordance with the specifications.


    Those who fall into this category should be replaced and their contracts revoked, he said.


    He said that he has been an MP in the area since 2019 and is fully aware of the construction delays and the air pollution it causes affecting people living on both sides of the road.


    Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has already instructed the Transport Ministry to resolve the construction problems as matter of urgency and to tighten up control of big projects.


    Rama II Road, or Highway 35, is about 84km long and reaches from Bangkok, through Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkhram, to Ratchaburi. The road is under the jurisdiction of the Transport Ministry’s Highways Department.


    Its initial construction began in 1970, during the government of Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn, and it was opened to traffic three years later. The road shortens the distance from Bangkok to southern provinces by about 40km, compared to travelling on Phet Kasem Road, the other artery to the South.


    Initially, Rama II was a two-lane road, but the volume of traffic increased steadily, resulting in road subsidence and eventual road widening to 4 lanes and the construction of four flyovers, in Bang Khun Thian, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Wang Manao, between 1989 and 1994.


    A second major road widening took place from 2001 to 2003, from four to eight lanes, then ten, for the 24km section from Bang Khun Thian flyover to Samut Sakhon industrial estate.


    From 2018 to 2020, the road was further widened, to 14 lanes, from Bang Khun Thian flyover to the Ekkachai flyover.


    Currently, three construction projects are under way on the road: the elevated road from Bang Khun Thian junction to Ekkachai; the elevated road from Ekkachai to Ban Phaeo and the Rama III- Dao Khanong western ring road project.

    Transport Ministry issues stern warning to Rama II road contractors | Thai PBS World : The latest Thai news in English, News Headlines, World News and News Broadcasts in both Thai and English. We bring Thailand to the world

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