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SRT deploys additional train coaches to accommodate holiday rush

Jul 04. 2020
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By The Nation

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has attached additional passenger coaches to trains to facilitate travel during the Asalha Bucha and Buddhist Lent days from July 3 to 8 this year.

SRT governor Nirut Maneepan said that currently SRT operated 224 trains a day for passengers.

"We expect the number of passengers using trains to travel during a long holiday to increase a lot because the government has eased lockdown measures," he said. "Therefore, we have added passenger coaches to trains to accommodate the rush."

He said that the SRT had instructed staff to strictly inspect trains and train stations and ensure passengers' safety while travelling.

"All staff must be tested for alcohol and addictive substances before performing their duties," he said. "Meanwhile, staff must wear face masks, rubber gloves and face shields."

He said that to contain the spread of Covid-19, the SRT had implemented measures, such as screening passengers, providing alcohol-based gel and arranging seats to maintain social distancing.

"The SRT will sell only 50 per cent of all seats in each train and refrain from selling standing tickets and food in the train, so passengers have to bring their own food for journeys longer than three hours," he said.

"Also, passengers have to check-in and check-out via ThaiChana platform."

He expected that these measures would help facilitate passengers and ensure their safety while travelling.

"People can contact SRT call centre 1690 or visit @PR.Railway Facebook page for more information," he added.

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