The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has announced the resumption of train services on 18th May. This follows the Royal Thai Government’s announcement on the second phase for easing restrictions on the surveillance, prevention, and control measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Services on twenty-two air-conditioned express, rapid, sleeper and dining trains from Bangkok to the North, Northeast and South were suspended on 1st April, 2020.
State Railway of Thailand services
The confirmation of long-distance rapid train service resumption is for 30 days, from 18th May to 17th June This affects eight return services connecting Bangkok with Chiang Mai, Ubon Ratchathani, Nong Khai and Songkhla’s Hat Yai. On the Bangkok-Hat Yai route, the train will run to Thung Song Junction in Nakhon Si Thammarat only, as lockdown measures are still in place in Phatthalung and Songkhla.
SRT will also resume 34 intercity, regular and local trains from 18th May, 2020, onwards or until further notice.
Four services on the Northern Line,
Sixteen on the Northeastern Line,
Eight on the Southern Line,
Four on the Eastern Line,
Two on the Mae Klong – Ban Laem route.
Health and safety provisions
All SRT staff will wear a surgical or cloth mask, rubber gloves and face shield
at all times while providing services.
Fever screening of passengers at all train stations.
Hand sanitisers are provided at every station and on trains.
To ensure strict social distancing rules:
Marked positions for standing and sitting at every station and in trains,
The sale of tickets will only allow 50% of the seating capacity.
Train services is only available in the fan carriage
No sales of food and drinks allowed on trains.
Passengers on long-distance services, with over three hours travelling time, must bring their own food and drinks.
Passengers on inter-provincial trains must provide personal information
Personal details are collected for medical tracking purposes.
Tickets for rapid trains are now available for advance bookings.
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