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Railway project mulled to link up HCMC and Can Tho
By Song Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily
Monday,  Aug 10, 2009,22:14 (GMT+7)

Railway project mulled to link up HCMC and Can Tho

By Song Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily

HCMC – The Transport Engineering and Design Inc. South (TEDI South) – a design company under the transport ministry, has proposed a plan for building a new express railway line linking HCMC and Can Tho City in the Mekong Delta.

TVị trí đặt quảng cáoEDI South experts met with Can Tho authorities last week to present the HCMC-Can Tho railway project, which they expected to put into operation by 2020.

The US$4-billion project is part of a master plan of national railway development until 2020 and toward 2050 which has been approved by the Government. The railway is being designed by TEDI South with the assistance of Korea’s Chungsuk Engineering.

Nguyen Kim Lang, deputy general director of TEDI South, said the transportation demand between HCMC and the Mekong Delta region would increase many times in coming years. So, it is necessary for developing a railway between the two cities.

Under the plan, the travel time on this proposed HCMC-Can Tho railway will be between 30 and 40 minutes. Currently, buses take around four or five hours, including waiting time at Can Tho Ferry Station, to travel between
the two cities with a distance of 170 kilometers.

The railway is expected to allow trains to reach a maximum speed of 300-350 kilometers per hour. TEDI South experts also proposed building several elevated sections because the planned railway would have to pass several sections of weak soil foundation.

TEDI South estimates the railway will serve around 362,000 passengers a day by 2030, tripling the figure on the current HCMC-Danang railway.

The consultant proposed three design options for the railway to Can Tho authorities for consideration. The main terminal in HCMC is planned either at the existing Hoa Hung Station in District 3 or Thu Thiem Station in District 2, before running through the city along the Doi and Te canals to Nguyen Van Linh Street in Binh Chanh District.

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