Move to ease Bangkok's pedestrian traffic

Move to ease Bangkok's pedestrian traffic
A CentralWorld security guard in front of the shopping complex. Public space in front of the mall is now dominated by street vendors and vehicles.


Police Major General Wichai Sangprapai, an advisor to BMA, said that BMA will call an internal meeting this week to work out a pedestrian traffic management plan for the area in front of CentralWorld.

To attend the meeting are officials from Pathumwan District and over 70 vendors.

He said that BMA has received complaints from pedestrians who cannot make way through a number of street vendors and vehicles. While vendors fill up the footpath area with their stalls, taxi and other vehicles also block public buses from entering the bus stop, leading to heavy traffic congestion. Some vendors also sell their products over the flyover bridge linking both sides of Rajadamri Road.

"The area is a major business area, which draws a large number of Thai and foreign visitors," he said.

BMA has recently come up with the management plan for the Bo Bae market. All 900 vendors are now allowed to put up their stalls at only one side of the road, during 8am-3pm and during 8pm-4am, for the convenience of pedestrians. Before, all stalls are put up on both sides, without any time limits.

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