Vietnam, Alstom to Supply Metro System for Hanoi Metro Line 3

Vietnam, Alstom to Supply Metro System for Hanoi Metro Line 3 :On 17 January 2017 Alstom, as leader of a consortium with Colas Rail and Thales, signed a contract with the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (HRB) to supply a metro system for Hanoi Metro Line 3.

Alstom will supply 10 Metropolis trainsets and its Urbalis 400 Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) solution, as well as the power supply and depot equipment together with Colas Rail.

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and the country’s second largest city. Its population in 2015 was estimated at 7.7 million people.

Line 3 of the Hanoi Metro Rail System Project is a 12.5 km long dual track rail line due to start commercial operation by the end of 2021. It will run West-East across the city starting at Nhon and ending at Hanoi Railway Station, connecting 12 stations in total:

1.Nhon Terminal
2. Minh Khai
3. Phu Dien
4.Cau Dien
5.Le Duc Tho
6. National University
7. Chua Ha
8.Cau Giay
9.Kim Ma
10.Cat Linh
11. Van Mieu
12.Hanoi Railway Station

One depot will be erected at Nhon for train maintenance.
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The line will serve three centers of higher education, the Temple of Literature and Hanoi Railway Station. Extensions are planned to Hoan Mai in the south 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 Hanoi – Hadong suburban line and Hanoi 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 Hanoi transport network.

Hanoi metro L3 construction

Hanoi metro L3 construction

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.

Since November 2007, SYSTRA has been acting as General Consultant to the HRB and has been managing the project on behalf of the Hanoi People’s Committee (HPC).

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Writer: John Carlo Ottaviani

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