HCMC – Hanoi City has approved a proposal to expand the Ngoc Hoi station to integrate with the stations and depots of other railway routes, including the North-South high-speed railway.
In a written document issued by the Hanoi People’s Committee to the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Hanoi approved the expansion of Ngoc Hoi station as proposed by the consultant.
The expansion of Ngoc Hoi station aims to integrate with other stations, depots of urban railways, national railways and high-speed railways and form a national railway system in the future.
Hanoi also gave the green light to the proposal to construct a backup station to connect with a new airport in Hanoi.
For the railroad directions passing through the city, Hanoi maintained the remaining plans as agreed with the Ministry of Transport, according to which the starting point of the North-South high-speed railway would be at Ngoc Hoi station in Hanoi and the endpoint at Thu Thiem station in HCMC.
Earlier, the depot at the start of the route was scheduled to be located at Thuong Tin in Hanoi City, 3.6-kilometer away from the Ngoc Hoi station to the south on an area of 85 hectares, according to the pre-feasibility study of the North-South high-speed railway project.
However, after reviewing the planning of railway stations’ locations in the city, it was agreed that expanding the Ngoc Hoi station would be an optimal solution for the city’s long-term development plan.
The 1,545-kilometer North-South high-speed railway going through 20 provinces and cities from Hanoi to HCMC will have investment capital of an estimated US$58.71 billion. Once put into service, its operating speed would be 320 kph at maximum.