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Central station for North-South express railway proposed in Thu Thiem

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport has proposed developing a central station for the North-South high-speed railway in Thu Thiem and a rail link between Thu Thiem and Long Thanh in Dong Nai Province.

This proposal comes in response to the Ministry of Transport seeking feedback on the direction, location, and scale of the station and depot for a rail line passing through HCMC as part of the North-South express railway project.

The department explained that the proposed direction of the railway section running through HCMC aligns with the city’s comprehensive planning by 2025, which should run in parallel with the HCMC-Long Thanh-Dau Giay Expressway to the south.

Consultants will study whether the route should be elevated or built on the ground.

The department also favors Thu Thiem in Thu Duc City as the major railway station for passengers of the North-South high-speed railway, and a connecting point for other means of public transport.

The proposed Thu Thiem station, spanning over 17 hectares, will also serve the Thu Thiem-Long Thanh railway section, facilitating connection with a section of HCMC Metro Line No. 2 in phase 2 linking Ben Thanh and Thu Thiem in the future.

The HCMC Department of Transport is considering another location for the maintenance center for the high-speed railway, which was initially proposed in Long Truong Ward in Thu Duc, HCMC, to Long Thanh District in Dong Nai province.

The Ministry of Transport plans to submit the project investment policy to higher authorities in November this year, complete the pre-feasibility study and seek approval for the investment policy before 2025.

Under the national railway development planning, the 1,545-kilometer North-South high-speed railway will depart from Ngoc Hoi station in Hanoi City to Thu Thiem station in HCMC with 1,435-mm double track.

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