It won’t just be Songkran making a splash this year after the Transport Ministry announced yesterday that several motorways are going toll free eight days next month.
According to yesterday’s announcement Motorway 7 which is the road from Bangkok to Pattaya, motorway nine, Bangkok’s outer ring road and the Burapha Withi Expressway will now all be free to use from April 11 to April 18.
In the same announcement they also stated that the Airport Rail Link, the MRT Blue and Purple lines and Bangkok Mass Transport Authority public buses will not charge passengers who are over 60 years of age on April 13.
Songkran is one of Thailand’s biggest celebrations however the week long water festival is also a dangerous time of year for people on the roads, last year 283 people died from road accidents linked to the celebration, most of which involved motorcycles and alcohol.
Speaking yesterday Sarawut Songwilai of the transport ministry said that checkpoints will be established on multiple roads across the kingdom this year with a higher concentration of checkpoints in accident-prone areas such as Udon Thani and Ratchaburi.
He said that the ministry is estimating that as many as 15 million people will use public transport over the festival period with many people returning to their home towns to celebrate with family members.
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Source: Pattaya One
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