|Đà Nẵng’s downtown railway station will be moved to a new location in Liên Chiểu District, to ease traffic congestion and develop better connections with a multi-vehicle transport system. — VNS Photo Công Thành|
ĐÀ NẴNG — The city of Đà Nẵng has started a pre-feasibility study to relocate the city’s railway station and redevelop the space with an urban project at a total cost of VNĐ15.44 trillion (US$683.2 million).
The city’s chairman, Huỳnh Đức Thơ, announced the plan after a meeting with the city’s relevant agencies, departments and representatives of the World Bank and Asia Development Bank (ADB).
Thơ said the project would be a crucial part of dealing with the city’s traffic congestion and act as a face-lift for the city’s future.
As scheduled, the new railway station will be built in Liên Chiểu District on a space of 43.1ha, with a new 18.21km rail line and an improvement of 7km of old track, as well as a new 80.1ha cargo station on the site of the current Kim Liên station.
The removal project also covers an upgraded Lệ Trạch cargo station on 9.6ha, a new bridge for trains spanning the Cu Đê River, and five lane fly-over bridge at the road-railway crossing.
The railway station removal, which costs nearly VNĐ5.8 trillion ($257 million), has been included in the city’s Master Plan for 2030 with a vision to 2050.
The city is also planning an urban redevelopment project with synchronised public transport routes connecting to the new railway station, with total investment of VNĐ9.677 trillion ($428.2 million).
As planned, the new railway station will help link the key North-South railway system with the on-going construction Đà Nẵng-Quảng Ngãi Expressway, the East-West Economic Corridor and Việt Nam-trans road transport – the National Highway No 1 – and new Liên Chiểu deep sea cargo port.
According to the Đà Nẵng railway station management board, the station, which was built in 1902 in the city’s downtown Hải Phòng street, was not able to handle the rising number of train passengers travelling to the city.
Around 20 trains arrive, depart and pass through the station daily, carrying about 75,000 people to the city.
The central city, situated at the end of the East-West Economic Corridor, which links Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and Việt Nam, plays an important role as a logistical centre for the coastal central and Central Highlands regions.
The railway removal project is part of a strategy to develop Đà Nẵng as a green city by 2025, and an economic hub and driving force for boosting development of the central and Central Highlands regions.
Under the adjustment plan, the city will develop public transport with 15 bus routes, eight Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) routes and three metro routes, which aim to reduce carbon emissions, as well as address overcrowding and traffic congestion.
Last year, the Government issued special regulations concerning Đà Nẵng’s investment, budgetary status and decentralisation. — VNS