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Railway development strategy proposes high-speed rail network

Update: February, 11/2015 - 14:28
The existing railway routes will be upgraded, with a focus on the modernisation of the north-south route, to increase the average train speed to between 80kmph and 90kmph for passenger trains and between 50kmph and 60kmph for goods trains. — Photo tinmoi

HA NOI (VNS) — A comprehensive development of the railway transport system will be a key target of the Viet Nam Railway Transport Development Strategy towards 2020, approved yesterday by the Prime Minister.

The plan includes development of infrastructure and skillful organisation of transport and services management and exploitation.

The strategy also focuses on activities to maintain order, safety, convenience and effectiveness of the railway transport system nationwide.

Under the framework of the strategy, the railway sector plans to claim one to three per cent of the goods transport market share, and one to two per cent of the passenger transport market share by 2020. In large cities such as Ha Noi and HCM City, the sector expects to claim between four and five per cent of the market share of the urban passenger transport.

The existing railway routes will be upgraded, with a focus on the modernisation of the north-south route, to increase the average train speed to between 80kmph and 90kmph for passenger trains and between 50kmph and 60kmph for goods trains.

The services on the other routes, including the Yen Vien-Lao Cai, Gia Lam-Hai Phong and Ha Noi-Thai Nguyen routes, will be upgraded and the transport capacity and quality in the north will be improved. Investment priorities will be given also for upgrading and strengthening the capacity of key railway stations or stations with high passenger traffic, and for minimising step-by-step the number of level crossings (an intersection where a railway line and a road or path meet).

The strategy also aims to build a new high-speed 1.435m-gauge railway route, and to electrify the north-to-south railway system, in which priority will be given to busy routes such as Ha Noi-HCM City, Ha Noi-Vinh and HCM City-Nha Trang.

The strategy plans to claim between three and four per cent of the passenger transport market share, four to five per cent of the goods transport market share and 15 to 20 per cent of the passenger transport market share in Ha Noi and HCM City during the 2020-30 period. — VNS

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