The Bang Sue Grand Station will be the largest railway interchange in South East Asia when it opens in 2021!
This extensive project promises to be the start of a hugely ambitious network of national and potentially international rail links.
At present, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) and the Government are upgrading the existing railway networks. Existing rail lines will be diverted from Hua Lamphong Station to the Bang Sue Grand Station.
New rail routes that will link Bangkok to the four corners of the country are being developed. The first phase of this mega transport network will be a 250-km rail link between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima Province; this route will eventually extend to Nong Khai in Laos.
Other routes currently in the development pipeline include:
Bangkok- U Tapao International Airport in Rayong (Near Pattaya)
Bangkok- Hua Hin- Surat Thani- Malaysia
Bangkok- Phitsanulok- Chiang Mai
The Thai Government is ambitiously “speculating” that a transport project of this massive scale and scope, will help commerce and business to extend outside of Bangkok to the country’s provinces thus facilitating the interconnection of people and trade.
It is important to note, that this transport network is part of China’s ambitious “One Belt One Road (OBOR)” initiative that aims to connect China and Southeast Asia.
The Bang Sue Grand Station is potentially the beginning of an even larger interconnection between Thailand and its regional economic partners. An upgraded and extended network of trains could morph and expand into a “Trans-Asean Line” that could eventually link Bangkok to Beijing!
The Bang Sue Grand Station Mega Mixed-Use Project!
The Government keen to position the Capital as a leading regional logistics and business hub, has earmarked 16 Billion Baht to develop the Bang Sue Grand Station and its surrounding commercial and residential neighborhood!
The station will harbor a mega mixed-use project comprising of office space, retail and residential elements.
While the masterplan has yet to be finalized, the SRT is planning to develop the 120 Rai plot around the station into four zones. Zone A, will be spread over 20.4 rai plot and will include office towers and a business center with a construction area of 300,000 sq. m and 150,000 sq. m of lettable space; Zone B, will be a residential area comprised of high-rise condominiums; finally Zone C and S will be reserved for the SRT residences and head office complex.
The SRT hopes that this mixed-use complex, will underpin and support the important influx of trade, travelers and business activities.
North Bangkok from a Quiet Residential Suburb to a Booming Business District!
This mega project if successful, could instantly transform North Bangkok from a quiet residential suburb into the heart of ASEAN’s transport network!
The urban development opportunity has not gone unnoticed by Bangkok’s leading commercial and residential developers.
Many of which have been quick to capitalize on this potential boom causing the price of land and number of condo project launches in and around the station to skyrocket in recent years.
What areas are most likely to benefit from the Bang Sue Grand Station?
Saphan Khwai has developed into a popular residential community. This is in large part due to the fact that the neighborhood is perceived as a natural extension of the trendy Ari a popular hipster hangout for the Capital’s working professionals.
The neighborhood could eventually develop its own character and appeal, due to its proximity to the Bang Sue Grand Station. Notable early movers include the Sri Suppraj group that are developing a new mixed-use project next to Saphan Khwai BTS Station.
Phahon Yothin is already a bustling commercial and leisure area with numerous shopping and business complexes such as Central Ladprao shopping mall and Union Mall.
As a result of the recent BTS Skytrain and MRT Underground extensions, the neighborhood has become an extremely convenient commuter hub for residents; who can now rapidly travel to other parts of Bangkok’s Central Business District.
Famous for hosting the Jatujak Weekend Market, Mo Chit is transforming from a “weekend attraction” to a vibrant leisure and business neighborhood!
Several commercial projects are in the pipeline such as The Unicorn by Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc that will comprise of two office towers. There is also the much anticipated but long-delayed “Bangkok Terminal Megaproject”, that could gain approval as a result of the regeneration momentum generated by the Grand Station.
Residential developers have also actively launched projects in the area, with developments such as The Line Jatujak-Mo Chit by Sansiri and The Privacy Jatujak by Pruksa Real Estate.