Vietnam’s first metro line opens after 10 years delay


By Vo Hai November 4, 2021 | 5:00 p.m. GMT +7

Cat Linh – Ha Dong metro line trains, November 3, 2021. Photo by VnExpress / Ngoc Thanh

The long-delayed Cat Linh – Ha Dong metro line in Hanoi will run free for 15 days from Saturday.

The line will open just after the Ministry of Transport officially transferred the project to the city at an event on Saturday, Hanoi President Duong Duc Tuan said.

“During the first 15 days of operation, passengers can take the metro for free,” he said on Wednesday.

Passengers will be offered a card to board the train, which they will have to return after their trip, said Vu Hong Truong, director of Hanoi Railway One Member Limited Company.

After the free period, tickets are expected to sell for 8,000 VND (35 cents) per trip and 15,000 VND for a full trip from start to finish.

The Cat Linh – Ha Dong line, Vietnam’s first metro, runs 13 kilometers on elevated tracks through 12 stations from downtown Dong Da district to Ha Dong district in the southwest of the capital.

A complete trip will take 23 minutes if you stop at all stations.

There are now 52 bus lines running along the line, connecting to 14 nearby bus stations, equipped with parking spaces for private vehicles.

During the first six months of operation, six trains will run daily, each running 10 minutes apart. Later, the city would adjust the number based on actual demand.

Authorities hope the line will help reduce congestion in city centers.

Work on the line, built by China Railway Sixth Group, began in 2011 and was initially scheduled to be completed in 2013, but loan disbursement issues with China were not resolved until December 2017 and others. problems have stalled progress for years.

The initial cost was estimated at 8.77 trillion VND (nearly $ 553 million) before climbing to over 18 trillion VND, including 4.13 trillion VND from the counterpart Vietnamese capital.

The metro obtained a safety certificate from the French consultant, the Apave-Certifier-Tricc consortium, in April.

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