Vietnam, Hanoi Metro Rail Project Additional Funding Approved
Vietnam, Hanoi Metro Rail Project Additional Funding Approved :Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved an additional grant of $75 Million for the Ha Noi Train Station – Nhon Urban Metro Rail Project. The capital will come from the French Development Agency (AFD).
The Prime Minister has authorized Deputy Finance Minister Truong Chi Trung to sign the agreement with the AFD on behalf of the Vietnamese Government. The Finance Ministry will be in charge of implementing the procedures for allowing the municipal people’s committee to re-borrow the money.
The Urban Metro Rail Project will cover a total length of 12.5 km, comprising:
a 8.5 km long single track elevated section connecting Nhon Depot with Thu Le
a 4 km long twin tube underground section linking Thu Le with Ha Noi Railway Station.
The line, the first to be built in Vietnam, will run West-East across the city starting at Nhon and ending at Ha Noi Railway Station, connecting 12 stations in total:
Le Duc Tho
Ha Noi Railway Station
The Urban Metro Rail Project will serve three centers of higher education, the Temple of Literature and Ha Noi Railway Station. Extensions are planned to Hoan Mai in the south around 2020 and, in the longer term, to Son Tay in the west.
At the start of revenue service the line will transport 8,600 passengers per hour per direction at peak times, with plans to reach 23,900 on its busiest section by 2030.
Several transport hubs will be connected, including the Nhon and Cau Giay Bus Stations, the Cat Linh Rail Station for connections to the Ha Noi – Hadong suburban line and Ha Noi Railway Station, where the national rail lines and many bus lines will all interconnect. The metro line will eventually be connected to all the other planned metro lines, forming the backbone of the Ha Noi transport network.
The Urban Metro Rail Project is part of the Transport Ministry’s Urban Masterplan, which aims to reduce the use of private transport and improve the urban environment.
Between 2004 and 2005, French consulting and engineering firm SYSTRA carried out two pre-feasibility studies which identified the East – West corridor as a priority and recommended that a metro be built along this axis. In 2006, the local authorities and the government officially agreed to launch construction of a pilot metro line between Nhon Industrial University and Ha Noi Railway Station, a popular commuter route.
Since November 2007, SYSTRA has been acting as General Consultant to the Ha Noi Metropolitan Rail Transport Project Board (HRB) and managing the project on behalf of the Ha Noi Peopleâ€™s Committee (HPC).
A new Urban Masterplan was approved in 2008, setting out plans for the creation of 6 new metro lines and 3 Bus Rapid Transit lines by 2030.
South Korean construction firm Daelim Industrial Co has been working on costructing the 8.5 km elevated section since 2014.
In the meantime, the Hanoi Railway Transport Company and the Japanese Tokyo Metro have agreed to collaborate in developing a sustainable urban railway system in Hanoi.
Under the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on 15 January 2016 in Ha Noi Tokyo Metro will provide technical consultation for the development, operation and management of the urban railway projects implemented in Ha Noi.
The Hanoi Railway Transport Company was established in 2011 with the consultation services provided by Tokyo Metro.
Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani
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