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500,000 revellers journey back to town
« on: January 04, 2010, 10:19:57 AM »
500,000 revellers journey back to town

About 500,000 New Year's revellers left the provinces for the journey back to Bangkok yesterday as the long weekend drew to a close.

Many packed into crowded buses and trains, and traffic on main roads heading into town last night was slow.

Passengers started queuing for tickets at provincial bus terminals and train stations from early yesterday. Some were even willing to pay for "standing places" on trains, transport staff said.

Many came back lugging sacks of rice, which they bought in their home provinces.

"Buying rice in the provinces is cheaper than in Bangkok. This will give me savings for three months," said Subin Pansungnern, 24, who bought a sack of rice in Nakhon Ratchasima's Phimai district.

He brought it back with him on the bus to Bangkok, where he works in a plastics factory.

This year, his province has doubled the number of bus services to Bangkok, providing round-the-clock services to ensure New Year's revellers do not miss out.

Transport official at Nakhon Ratchasima's Bus Terminal 2 Manas Rungpin said most passengers would have left the province by 10pm last night.

Other provinces also increased their outbound bus services, but some passengers still complained that seats were insufficient to meet demand, said Transport Co managing director Wuthichat Kalayanamit.

Meanwhile, the government is making good progress in its goal to cut the number of road accidents over the New Year break.

Traffic makes its way slowly along the inbound lanes of Phahon Yothin Highway in front of the Nava Nakorn Industrial Estate in Khlong Luang district, Pathum Thani. The traffic was not as bad as expected yesterday afternoon as many New Year holiday travellers returned to Bangkok earlier. THITI WANNAMONTHA
Bangkok Post