PHUKET: A feasibility study costing 118 million baht is underway for an ambitious transportation project to link Phuket with neighboring provinces.

The project aims to connect the island to the national north-south rail line and provide public transport between Phuket International Airport and Chalong Circle.

Though the current study was expected to start by the end of 2012, the contract for it was signed on September 11 this year, Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut confirmed at a meeting on Friday.