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Toll-free motorways, expressways during New Year festival


The Department of Highways will waive toll fees on two Motorway routes – No. 7 (Bangkok-Chonburi- Pattaya) and No. 9 (Bang Pa In-Bang Phli-Bang Khun Tian) from midnight of December 30 until the midnight of January 4, said director-general, Sarawut Songwilai.

“The move aims to facilitate traffic flow, which is expected to increase during the New Year festival,” he said. “To avoid congestions, motorists are advised to download the M-Traffic mobile application to check traffic conditions in real time.”

Meanwhile, the Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat) announced that two expressways under its administration would be opened for free use from December 30 to January 4, namely Burapha Withi or Bang Na Expressway and Kanchanaphisek or Bang Phli-Suksawas Expressway.

“Moreover, three expressways that Exat operates together with Bangkok Expressway and Metro Plc [BEM] will waive toll fees on December 31 and January 1, namely Chalerm Maha Nakhon, Sirat and Udon Ratthaya expressways,” added the announcement.

Exat and BEM will also establish six service centres at expressway checkpoints that connect Bangkok to nearby provinces from December 29 until January 4 to provide roadside assistance to motorists travelling to their hometowns during New Year.

Published : December 29, 2020

By : THE NATION