Construction of the North-South high-speed line begins in 2028


By Doan Loan November 2, 2021 | 12:30 GMT + 7

A Japanese high-speed Shinkansen train stops at Ueno Station in Tokyo. Photo by Shutterstock / Neptunestocks

The Ministry of Transportation plans to begin construction of the North-South High-Speed ​​Railway, a key public transport project connecting Hanoi and HCMC, in 2028.

It is awaiting approval from the Communist Party’s Politburo and the National Assembly, Transport Minister Nguyen Van The said at a meeting on Monday.

It will begin with the construction of sections from Hanoi to Vinh and from HCMC to Nha Trang at a total cost of 112,000 billion VND (4.93 billion dollars).

When the 1.435 meter gauge road is completed, the existing 1 meter gauge tracks will be used exclusively for freight transport.

The high-speed railway will travel 1,545 kilometers and will have a maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour.

It will be a key transport project of the future, and the provinces should cooperate with the ministry to develop urban areas along the route.

Vietnam currently has seven main rail lines covering 2,440 kilometers. The government plans to build nine new ones by 2030 with a total length of 2,362 kilometers, including the North-South line.

By 2050, it hopes to have a total of 25 routes of 6,354 kilometers.

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