Thailand has unveiled plans to open Bang Sue Grand Station next year as part of its efforts to mitigate traffic congestion in the capital city of Bangkok.
The station will replace the existing Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamphong) and support intercity, underground, commuter and high-speed train operations.
Covering 1,280 acres, Bang Sue Grand Station will be the largest railway station in South-East Asia.
It is equipped with 24 tracks and capable of concurrently accommodating between 26 and 40 trains.
It can also handle around 600,000 passengers every day, around ten times more compared to the capacity of Hua Lamphong Station.
The external construction works are already complete while internal furnishings will enable the inauguration next year.
The station will also be environmentally friendly and feature at least 30% green spaces.
Bang Sue Grand Station will feature a platform for the Bangkok to Nong Khai high-speed train project. This project is part of the larger programme that involves connecting Thailand with Laos and China.
The first phase of the project between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima stretching 250.77km is currently under construction. The remaining route covers a distance of 356.1km.
Once complete, the project will enable passengers to travel from Bangkok to Nong Khai in three hours.
Thailand initially planned the Bang Sue Grand Station as an extension of the Red Line Mass Transit System in the National Infrastructure Development Plan (2015-2022).
However, the scope of the project was later expanded to develop the site as a new transit hub.