THAILAND: On August 11 Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attended the opening of a 1·2 km extension of Bangkok’s MRT Blue Line from Bang Sue to Tao Poon. Revenue services were expected to start the following day.

The extension takes the metro line to 21 km and 19 stations, and provides an interchange with the Purple Line. The eastern section of the extension is underground, but Tao Poon station is elevated.

A further 11·9 km elevated extension to Tha Phra with 10 stations is under construction, with opening scheduled for 2018.

At the other end of the Blue Line, a 13·9 km 11-station extension from Hua Lamphong to Lak Song is under construction for opening in mid-2019. This will turn the Blue Line into a ring, with a branch from Tha Phra to Lak Song.