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05 August 2004

Bangkok’s new subway opened to the public

Bangkok’s £2 billion mass rapid transit subway has been opened by His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Hua Lampong station, a major interchange with mainline rail services. Mott MacDonald, in joint venture with De Leuw Cather, has been Bangkok’s MRTA’s project manager for the initial 20 km long Blue Line, working with four Thai companies on what was the largest single consultancy contract in Thailand when awarded in 1996.

Congestion and overcrowding have resulted in severe environmental impacts in Bangkok. This has led to air pollution and health problems as well as economic loss and wasted energy. In response, the MRT – serving at least 250,000 people a day – will provide a highly effective solution that reduces congestion, is efficient, reasonably priced and environmentally friendly.

Construction of the Blue Line has included some 17 km of 5.70 m twin bored running tunnels, 18 station boxes and 2 km of cut-and-cover sections. Mott MacDonald’s role has covered construction elements related to civil and architectural works, utilities, yards and workshops, trackwork and fixed installations. Mott MacDonald inspection specialists have also been involved in testing and commissioning tunnelling equipment.

Note to editor:

1. The four Thai firms supporting the MPMC joint venture are Thai DCI, Index International Group, Epsilon and Environmental Engineering Consultant
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