China Railway: Assisted Urban Light Rail Leads Vietnam Towards New Era of Green Travel
On January 13, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Cat Linh-Ha Dong subway line in Hanoi, Vietnam, was held at Cat Linh station to mark the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Vietnam. The Southeast Asian country’s first urban light rail begins at Cat Linh Station in Dong Da District and finally ends at Yen Nghia Station in Ha Dong District. Built by China Railway Sixth Group under an EPC contract, it is the latest realization of the synergy between China’s Belt and Road initiative and Vietnam’s Two Corridors and One Belt strategy. This marks that Vietnam, a country where motorcycles are the most important form of transport, is being led into an era of green travel by light rails.
The handover of the light rail project took place on November 6, 2021, after which it completed over 13,000 trips. The average daily passenger capacity of the light rail exceeds 15,000, and more than one million passengers have been transported safely. The maximum design speed of the trains is 80 km/h and the average operating speed is 35 km/h. The maximum transport capacity is 28,500 passengers per hour per direction, achieving a practical life cycle of 20 minutes in the city.
Hanoi light rail is also China’s first overseas urban light rail project that integrates design standards, construction, equipment and materials, supervision and operation guidance with “Chinese standards “across the entire industrial chain. With a total length of 13 kilometers, the light rail can withstand an earthquake of magnitude 8.0. It is the only main line in Hanoi’s urban rail network.