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Update: June, 05/2015 - 08:56
An artist's impression of Cat Linh - Ha Dong Rapid Transit Railway. Green and youthful design is proposed for the train. — Photo duongbo.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — The Railway Project Management Unit has submitted to the Ministry of Transport a design of train for the Cat Linh – Ha Dong rapid transit railway project.

The train is expected to have an aerodynamic design, with wedge shape and dark glass windows.

The image of Khue Van Cac (the pavilion of the constellation of literature) in Van Mieu – Quoc Tu Giam (the Temple of Literature) will be printed on the centre of the train's top.

The train will mainly be green in colour and will have a youthful and dynamic look, in addition to being environmentally friendly. Its body is to be of stainless steel.

The train's look will be harmoniously balanced with modern and traditional styles to match Ha Noi – the 1000-year-old capital of Viet Nam.

For its interiors, the train will have handrails curving toward its windows, creating larger space for passengers; and its seats will be in the shape of a lotus leaf. There will be reserved seats for disabled people and pregnant women.

Under the project, 13 trains, with four carriages each, will be manufactured by China's Beijing Subway Rolling Stock Equipment Co. Ltd.

Le Kim Thanh, General Director of the Railway Project Management Unit, said that if the ministry approves the proposed design, the locomotives will be quickly built and presented to authorised agencies, experts, and people who have contributed ideas.

According to an appraisal report issued by the ministry's Transport Engineering Construction and Quality Management Bureau, the trains are estimated to be acquired for over US$63 million.

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway project was approved in 2008. Its cost was originally set at US$552 million and later readjusted at $892 million. The entire project measures 13km, and encompass 12 stations and a depot. It stretches from Cat Linh Street in Dong Da District to Yen Nghia Bus Station in Ha Dong District.

The construction is expected to finish by the end of 2015, with the trial phase set to begin in January 2016. — VNS

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