The first of 10 trains for Metro Line No.3 (Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station) arrived to Nam Hai-Dinh Vu Port in Haiphong on October 18, marking an important milestone for this project.
|The first train for Metro Line No.3 touching down at Haiphong |
The train was assembled at Alstom Valenciennes factory located in France. The train’s red and green colour scheme draws inspiration from the dragon fruit and Vietnam’s baby rice fields. The carriages are installed with wide doors for convenient boaring and disembarking, as well as special seating for disabled people. The train’s shell is made from light aluminum alloy.
Previously, the People’s Committee of Hanoi and France’s Alstom signed an MoU about the introduction of the first train in October 2019.
Metro Line No. 3 (Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station) will be 12.5km long. The construction of 8.5km elevated section is planned to be finished in April 2021 and the remaining 4km underground line will be opened in December 2022.
99 per cent of the elevated section has been finished while 61 per cent of the underground section is complete.
The project has a total investment capital of VND30.1 trillion ($1.3 billion) comes from official development assistance from the French Development Agency and loans from the French government.
The Metro Line No.3 will run through Nam Tu Liem, Bac Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Ba Dinh, Dong Da, and Hoan Kiem districts.
Once completed, it will be able to transport 8,600 passengers an hour in the first period and then the figure will increase to 23,900 passengers per hour.
The construction of the project was kicked off in September 2010 and was expected to finish in the next seven years. However, because of difficulties in land clearance, the project’s deadline was extended to 2022.