Hanoi metro starts trial

22-Sep-2018 Intellasia | VN Economic Times | 6:00 AM Print This Post

Trial begins on capital’s first urban railway line on September 20.

A trial began on the 13-km-long Cat LinhHa Dong metro line on September 20, with five of a total of 12 trains heading off from Yen Nghia Bus Station in Ha Dong to Cat Linh Station in Dong Da district. Each train has four 19-metre-long, stainless steel cars with a capacity of 1,000 passengers. Frequency is 10-15 minutes.

Trains will stop at all 12 stations for one minute. It takes 25 minutes to complete the route, at an average speed of around 30-35 km/h.

Among other facilities, stations are equipped with roofs, pedestrian overpasses, elevators, escalators, and surveillance and ventilation systems.

The trial will last three to six months, with technical and safety issues to be monitored. Trains will run in both directions during the trial, each controlled through an automated system.

The Cat LinhHa Dong metro route has total investment of $868 million in official development assistance loans from China. The China Railway Sixth Group Co, Ltd is the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor. Construction began in October 2011 and completion was originally planned for 2013 but financial issues triggered delays.

HCM City’s first metro line is expected to be completed in 2020.



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