Phuket, one of the region’s most popular tourist destinations, will see improvements to its transportation infrastructure in an attempt to ease congestion. The new 24 billion bhat (US$736.2 million) light rail system will consist of 20 stations spanning 60 km across the island. The system, due to commence operations in 2021, will traverse from Tha Noon, across Sarasin Bridge, to Phuket Town and to Chalong Circle; the line will also be connected to the Phuket International Airport. Commuters will benefit from a much reduced travel time of about 1.5 hours from Tha Noon to Chalong. Concerns have been raised over the rising number of tourists to the resort destination and the lack of adequate infrastructure to cope with this influx of visitors. This new development is expected to ease congestion and improve visitor experience.
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