Those who have travelled along Thepkrasatri Road may notice that the new bus station is now under construction. Phuketindex.com also heard about that too. With some questions in mind (we though they might be the same with yours), we went out and brought these back.
Phuket’s existing bus station was established since 1971, occupied 2 rai area off Phang-nga Road near Royal Phuket City. It serves as a terminus and departure point for 33 long-distance inter-provincial routes, providing service to both Thais and foreigners.
The increasing number of passengers cause management problems. Department of Land Transport therefore set 80 million baht budget for the land acquisition to build the new bus station. They spent 79,154,000 baht to buy a 9 Rai – 3 Ngan – 57.7 Sq. Wah plot of land opposite the Super Cheap store on Thepkasartri Road in Rassada Sub-district from Mr Sin Wongscharoen.
Then, more 48 million baht from the budget year 2008-2010 has been allocated for the construction which will be carried out by a contractor Anda Phuket Construction Co., Ltd. Signed contract on September 11th, 2008, the contractor entered the site and started their work on September 19th, 2009.
The new station will consist of two main sections which are a platform for 32 buses and a two-story air conditioning passenger building. The upper floor has been designed for the departures and the lower for the arrivals.
When finished, Phuket Land Transport Office will transfer 20 routes of section 2 and section 3 to the new station, while section 4 routes remain at the current one. Further, there will be connecting transfer buses between two stations.
The traffic island in front of the complex will be amended for convenience and safety.
The construction scheduled to be complete and expected to open for operations by early 2010.