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First urban railway to be operating in Hanoi next year
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First urban railway to be operating in Hanoi next year

The Saigon Times Daily

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project is being completed and will be put into commercial operations early next year - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The has ordered the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project to begin commercial operations early next year, following six months of trial runs, reported the VnEconomy news website. This will be the first urban railway project to be operating in the country.

At a meeting on August 23, Vu Hong Phuong, deputy director of the Railway Project Management Unit under the Ministry of Transport, said the project has been 96% completed.

The railway’s stations and depot are still under construction. Some 95% of equipment has been transported to the construction site, while 83% of the installation work has been completed.

Phuong stated that the railway has been connected to the national power grid for trial operations since late last month, while five equipment systems have been adjusted. The first test run of the railway began on August 20.

The remaining six equipment systems are expected to be completed by September 20, as required by the Prime Minister.

Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The hailed efforts by the agencies, adding that the project may still lag behind schedule. Therefore, he asked Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong to coordinate with the Hanoi government to work with the investors of the project and involved agencies to remove obstacles that might delay the starting date.

The minister said Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway is an important project for the transport sector, and should be put into operation as soon as possible to meet the travel demands of local residents.

During an inspection on the project’s progress in mid-May, Minister The requested the project management board, the contractor and relevant agencies to redouble their efforts to ensure the progress of the project.

The 13-kilometer railway, which will start at Cat Linh Station in Dong Da District and ends at Yen Nghia Station in Ha Dong District, will operate 13 trains with four carriages each.

Each train, which is 80 meters long, can accommodate up to 1,000 passengers. These trains will run every six to seven minutes, or two to three minutes during rush hours, at a speed of 30 to 80 kilometers per hour.

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