When I learned of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's (BMA) plans to demolish the Saphan Taksin skytrain station, and replace it with a moving walkway linking the Taksin area to Surasak station, I got quite agitated.
Another demolition? Why does it seem so difficult to escape the "build-demolish-build" cycle in this country?
However, after I searched for the project details, I calmed down a bit. According to the BMA, the demolition of the skytrain station _ which is to begin as early as next month _ is to pave the way for dual-track railways, instead of the current single track that is becoming increasingly inconvenient given the increase in the volume of traffic since the BTS extended its service to the other side of the river in 2009. The current single track forces either outgoing or incoming trains to wait for the other to pass, and that's a waste of time.
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