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Over 800,000 people leave capital by buses in five days

The Transport Company said it has transported more than 800,000 passengers out of the capital on buses during the past five days of the Songkran holidays.

bus mass exitIt said from April 8-12, unofficial figures of passengers leaving for home provinces by public buses stood at over 800,000.

The largest number of passengers leaving on buses were over 200,000 yesterday.

People still coming at its Morchit 2 bus terminal to board buses home today, but not as much as previous days.

Last night more than 200,000 passengers streamed out of the capital by buses, excluding those by private vehicles.

The human exodus caused worst traffic jams at the main ringroads, particularly the Eastern ringroad where vehicles passing the Thanyaburi toll gate queuing up as long as 17 kilometres.

Traffic flow was grounded to snail trail as motorists complaining that they spent up to three hours before they could drive pass the Thanyaburi toll gate from Thap Charng toll gate that covers a distance of 20 kilometres.

Meanwhile traffic on Phaholyothin and Mitraparb highways also was the same as at the Eastern ringroad where the speed was reported to be less than 10 kilometres an hour.

A driver complained with JS Radio that he left Pathumthani at 8 pm last night taking the Paholyothin Highway to Saraburi, but by 7 am today he was still at Bypass Saraburi.

All motorists complained they spent up to 10 hours just to drive pass Saraburi from Bangkok.

However traffic late today has improved slightly as Highway police said vehicles leaving the capital has slowed down, and no more congestion was reported at the Eastern ringroad’s tollgate.

Thai PBS

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