If you’re travelling through Pattaya over the next few months you should allow plenty of time to get to your destination.
Long traffic queues on the roads linked to the newly upgraded roadways spanning Pattaya’s railroad tracks have been causing road rage. Pattaya City Hall and local Internet forums have been inundated with complaints from disgruntled drivers, many of whom are experiencing delays of up to fifteen minutes at intersections.
However, some people are able to take the delays in their stride. “All of these complaints are most likely from people just getting used to the new lights,” a local taxi driver told the Pattaya Mail recently. “People haven’t gotten used to it yet.” He believes that although the queues should be shorter they are necessary safety measures.
The main traffic hot spots are along the newly named Local Road, Soi Nernplabwan, Soi Siam Country Club and Soi Khao Noi.
It is predicted that the new computerized traffic-control system will take up to four months to complete, so motorists are advised to plan their routes carefully to avoid getting stuck in traffic.