Link investor

Western Link “planned for launch in 2024”

Construction of a new highway from Bang Yai district to Nonthaburi in Kanchanaburi is 83 percent complete, a government spokesperson said, affirming plans to officially open the highway in 2024 as planned.

The new highway will unofficially open to motorists for a trial run late next year before officially opening the following year, Anucha Burapachaisri said.

The 96.4-kilometer-long No. 81, or M81, highway will serve as a faster transportation route from Bangkok to the west, he said.

“Travelling from Bang Yai to Kanchanaburi will only take about 48 minutes [when the motorway is open] instead of the usual 2.5 hours,” he said.

Motorists can expect improved convenience, smoothness and safety when traveling along this route, which will also contribute to the development of transport infrastructure and tourism, he said. .

The M81 project is part of the government’s accelerated public-private partnership (PPP) program, launched in 2016 to fast-track crucial investment projects under the Ministry of Transport, he said.

Construction of the highway is divided into 25 contracts, eight of which have been completed, he said.

The eight contracts were for the construction of sections of expressway in Tha Maka and Tha Muang districts of Kanchanaburi and Nakhon Chaisi and Muang districts of Nakhon Pathom, he said. This expressway is designed to have three gas stations, one in Nakhon Chaisi district in Nakhon Pathom, the second in Muang district and the third in Tha Maka district in Kanchanaburi, he said.

These service areas will include parking lots, toilets, shops, petrol stations and a rescue center, all of which will be jointly invested by the government and private partners, he said.