The Hanoitimes - Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong said that the plan for the trial run of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project, Hanoi’s first metro line, must be rebuilt as the date for the test run in October has passed.
Dong said that the plan will be organised based on equipment and trains received, which is influenced by disbursement from China’s Eximbank.
“The Ministry of Justice and relevant ministries are completing procedures to put forth the disbursement”, Dong said. As of November 24, five out of 13 trains for the railway had been delivered to Hanoi.
The 13 kilometre elevated railway project began in 2011 with investment of 552 million USD. However, in November 2014, it was announced the project would need a total of 868 million USD, 300 million USD more than initial estimates.
In total, the project includes 12 stations and a depot in Phu Luong ward, Ha Dong district. Constructed by the China Railway Sixth Group Co., Ltd, the line is set to have capacity to operate 13 trains with carrier frequency of every two minutes and a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour.
Anh Kiet - Minh Tuong