The first trains of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi began trial runs on Saturday morning.
The first trains of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi began trial runs on December 12.
Speaking with Dantri/DTiNews, a representative of the Railway Project Management Board under the Ministry of Transport said that the first train started running at 3.30am in the presence of the project’s investor, the Chinese contractor and the French consulting firm and other concerned agencies.
This was considered an important event as it has been delayed multiple times due to the project’s slow progress.
According to the Railway Project Management Board, the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line will be put on a 20-day trial run until December 31 for a final inspection.
Nine trains will be used for the pilot operation which will operate from 5 am to 11 pm every day. The frequency will be every 6-7 minutes, or 2-3 minutes during rush hours.
Deputy minister of Transport, Nguyen Ngoc Dong said that during the trial run period, the Chinese contractor will directly instruct staff members and workers who were previously trained in China.
Based on the results of the trial operation, the French consulting firm will provide a safety certificate for the line.
It is expected that the Ministry of Transport will complete their supervision and assessment of the project on December 20 to transfer it to the Hanoi government for management and operation.
The Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line is over 13 km long with 12 elevated stations, connecting Cat Linh Station in central Dong Da District to Yen Nghia Station southwest of Ha Dong District.
It has 13 four-carriage trains with each being able to transport 900 people. General speed is 35km/hour.
The Hanoi Department of Transport has worked out a specific plan on revising the local bus network to link the Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro route. This has been approved by the municipal People’s Committee.
The project was initially slated to become operational in 2017, but it was then delayed for many times. The project’s total investment capital was raised to VND18 trillion (USD783 million) from the VND8.7 trillion (USD378 million).
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