HCMC – The railway industry has spent some VND200 billion installing automatic warning systems at 112 crossings to improve traffic safety along the railways, according to the Vietnam Railway Authority.
The installation of 112 systems by the Vietnam Railways Corporation is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
The cost for the automatic warning system at a major crossing is estimated at around VND1.6-1.8 billion.
In addition to the capital of VND200 billion from the State budget, the Vietnam Railway Authority sought approval to allocate VND560 billion to install the systems on 282 other level crossings in 2023.
The Vietnam Railways Corporation has been assigned to install and fix the warning systems on some 566 level crossings in 2022 and 2023.
The installation of automatic warning systems on the other crossings will be finished in 2024.
As of September 30, the national railway network had 1,510 level crossings of all kinds.
Among those, 713 crossings have automatic warning systems, while 660 other crossings are guarded by railway staff. The other 137 crossings are only equipped with railway crossing signs.