7 December

Hanoi’s second metro line performed a test run on autopilot Monday at the maximum designed speed of 80 kph to check the operation quality as well as the synchronicity between the information, signals, and control systems, according to the Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB).

The 12-kilometre Nhon-Hanoi Station metro line starts from Nhon in Nam Tu Liem district and ends at the Hanoi Station in Dong Da district, and includes elevated parts spanning 8.5 km and the remaining 4 km underground.

At 10:30 a.m., the train on the Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station line left the depot for the S1 Station that is located in front of the Hanoi University of Industry, to begin its test run. It then ran from the S1 Station to the S8 Station (Nhon – Cau Giay), about 8.5 km apart, stopping at each station for a few minutes.

The designed maximum speed of the trains is 80km per hour. But in reality, it is hard for the train to increase to that speed because the distance between two stations is around 1km, according to the MRB. The average speed of the trains will be 35km per hour and the trains could reach a speed of up to 70km per hour at the middle of the two stations, the MRB said.

Le Trung Hieu, deputy director of the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB), confirmed the train’s maximum speed on Monday was 80 kph. Once fully operational, eight trains will be officially in service, with one used to ease overloading at peak hours.

Each train is designed to carry between 944 and 1,124 passengers. The trains are designed and manufactured by France’s Alstom company.

The project’s investment of about 30.1 trillion VND (1.29 billion USD) comes from official development assistance of the French Development Agency and loans from the French Government.

The line is the first segment of the capital’s third metro line (Nhon-Hoang Mai). It is 12.5 km long,

After construction began in September 2010, the project is around 74 percent complete. Since July, several test runs have been performed with trains at the Depot and the railway track between S1 and S8 stations. The Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station metro line currently has 10 trains manufactured in France. Hanoi planned to put the elevated section into operation by the end of this year and the whole remaining section by late 2022. However, the construction pace has been slowed down due to Covid-19 and progress on the underground section has been halted over relocation issues.

Hanoi Party Secretary Dinh Tien Dung recently urged contractors to speed up the project to operate the elevated section next year.

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