Vietnam’s first-ever metro line gets going

In a great step forward for public urban transportation in Vietnam, the country’s first metro line began operations on November 6 in the capital Hanoi after ten years of construction works.

The first part of a wider city metro network is now running over 13 kilometers on an elevated track with 12 stations between Cat Linh in north-central Hanoi and Ha Dong in the city’s southwestern suburbs. Another track, the Van Mieu Line, is expected to open in 2023.

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong Line was built by China Railway Sixth Group, a subsidiary of China Railway Group which was ranked the second largest engineering and construction company in the world in 2020. Work began in October 2011, whereby the line was expected to cost around $550 million and enter service in 2016. However, construction was delayed by about five years and final costs accumulated to $868 million, 77 per cent of which are Chinese loans to Vietnam.

Land acquisition issues and safety checks

The most common problems that led to the delay were caused by land acquisition issues in the city, as well as required safety checks. Commentators have also highlighted Vietnam’s lack of experience in building complex urban projects which further deferred the opening.

Still, the inauguration can be seen as a success, The Hanoi metro has been designed to deal with the capital’s growing problems with traffic congestion and air pollution. The transport ministry said the railway is meant to ease traffic congestion, reduce private vehicle use and subsequent environmental pollution and contribute to the “change of inner-city movements.”

A strategy against the exploding number of scooters and cars

Vietnam’s rapid economic growth in recent years has led to the number of motor scooters to increase from two million in 2008 to 5.7 million in 2020, and the number of cars from 185,000 to 700,000 in the period.

Metro passengers in Hanoi will be allowed to travel free during the first 15 days of operations, after which a day pass will cost the equivalent of $1.30. The trains will run from 5am to 11pm with a frequency of six minutes during rush hour. The system is presently limited to a speed of 35 kilometers per hour.



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In a great step forward for public urban transportation in Vietnam, the country’s first metro line began operations on November 6 in the capital Hanoi after ten years of construction works. The first part of a wider city metro network is now running over 13 kilometers on an elevated track with 12 stations between Cat Linh in north-central Hanoi and Ha Dong in the city’s southwestern suburbs. Another track, the Van Mieu Line, is expected to open in 2023. The Cat Linh-Ha Dong Line was built by China Railway Sixth Group, a subsidiary of China Railway Group which was ranked...

In a great step forward for public urban transportation in Vietnam, the country’s first metro line began operations on November 6 in the capital Hanoi after ten years of construction works.

The first part of a wider city metro network is now running over 13 kilometers on an elevated track with 12 stations between Cat Linh in north-central Hanoi and Ha Dong in the city’s southwestern suburbs. Another track, the Van Mieu Line, is expected to open in 2023.

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong Line was built by China Railway Sixth Group, a subsidiary of China Railway Group which was ranked the second largest engineering and construction company in the world in 2020. Work began in October 2011, whereby the line was expected to cost around $550 million and enter service in 2016. However, construction was delayed by about five years and final costs accumulated to $868 million, 77 per cent of which are Chinese loans to Vietnam.

Land acquisition issues and safety checks

The most common problems that led to the delay were caused by land acquisition issues in the city, as well as required safety checks. Commentators have also highlighted Vietnam’s lack of experience in building complex urban projects which further deferred the opening.

Still, the inauguration can be seen as a success, The Hanoi metro has been designed to deal with the capital’s growing problems with traffic congestion and air pollution. The transport ministry said the railway is meant to ease traffic congestion, reduce private vehicle use and subsequent environmental pollution and contribute to the “change of inner-city movements.”

A strategy against the exploding number of scooters and cars

Vietnam’s rapid economic growth in recent years has led to the number of motor scooters to increase from two million in 2008 to 5.7 million in 2020, and the number of cars from 185,000 to 700,000 in the period.

Metro passengers in Hanoi will be allowed to travel free during the first 15 days of operations, after which a day pass will cost the equivalent of $1.30. The trains will run from 5am to 11pm with a frequency of six minutes during rush hour. The system is presently limited to a speed of 35 kilometers per hour.



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