Women-only train carriages on Aug 1

The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will re-introduce a Lady Car project on Aug 1 to restore the confidence of passengers following a horror murder on a southern train.

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SRT chairman Omsin Chivapreuk said after a board meeting on Wednesday that cars exclusively reserved for female passengers and children under 10 will be in service on Aug 1 on each night train on the northern, northeastern and southern lines.

The Lady Car project, which includes female attendants, was first introduced in 2001 on a night express train to Chiang Mai. It was scrapped months later after the SRT said it was not popular with passengers.

The board members also appointed deputy SRT chief Prasert Attanan to sit in as the acting governor as the agency begins a search for a new governor within five months.

Mr Prasert will run the confidence-hit agency after the National Council for Peace and Order sacked Prapat Chongsanguan from the top SRT job in the wake of the rape and murder of a 13-year-old girl on a night train from Nakhon Si Thammarat to Bangkok in early hours of July 6.

Mr Omsin said Second Region Army chief Lt Gen Charnchai Phuthong has been selected to chair a panel to recruit a new governor.

The meeting did not touch on plans to resolve accumulated debt of more than 100 billion baht.

Permanent secretary for transport Soithip Traisuth said the board and SRT executives will work on a plan to revive the agency including measures to ease the losses in 15 days before forwarding it to the super board set up to revamp state enterprises.


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