Groups call for government to listen to all sides on Hua Lumphong debate

Opposition and civil society groups are calling for the government to pause the closure of Hua Lamphong station to consider its place as a cultural landmark and to investigate whether an early closure would affect commuters.

An opposition parliamentarian on Tuesday urged the government to hold a public hearing decision on the matter before making any decision.

Bangkok’s 105 year-old Hua Lamphong railway station, will be decommissioned for commercial purposes this December.

Napaporn Petchina, a Member of Parliament from the Thai Liberal Party took to her Facebook account to voice her concerns about people’s increased costs.

“During the New Year holiday, people in the city travel back to their homes in rural areas. The closure plan will affect the rising travel costs.”

Napaporn also said that any debate over the station must be transparent and open to the public.

On Monday, the Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha called for public hearings on the idea of redeveloping Hua Lamphong station for commercial use.

“The government is taking opinions from all sectors on the development plan,” Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana, Government spokesman, told reporters on behalf of the Prime Minister.

Napaporn said that the government should consider all voices and not just those of developers and commercial entities.

“I urge the government to pause the plan until the hearing’s final result,” she said.

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