SRT: Train fares not going up yet

The State Railway of Thailand has no immediate plan to increase train fares at this time even though the price of diesel has continued to rise, SRT governor Yutthana Thapcharoen said on Tuesday.

Mr Yutthana said the rise in the diesel price has increases the SRT's operational costs by 5-10 per cent as most of its locomotives run on diesel.
The SRT's yearly expenditure on fuel is about 3,000 million baht, he said.
Despite the rising cost, the SRT is not about to increase fares because it wants to help keep down the cost of living.

Another reason is that the SRT is now in the process of improving its services, upgrading rail tracks, acquiring new locomotives and installing solutions for the problem of accidents at railway crossings.
There will be no increase in train fares at this time, Mr Yutthana said.

The SRT today celebrates the 115th anniversary of its founding