|Six new “five-star” trains began running between HCM City and Hà Nội on January 11. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
HCM CITY – Việt Nam Railways Corporation (VNR) has launched six new high-quality trains on the Thống Nhất (North - South) route at Sài Gòn Train Station.
Vũ Anh Minh, chairman of VNR, said on Wednesday the new trains were five-star quality and would meet passenger demand for transport during the Tết (Lunar New Year) holiday.
VNR has upgraded trains and stations and offered discount tickets.
The new trains are expected to meet demand for quality services and conveniences, reducing the pressure on overcrowded roads.
|High-quality trains are expected to meet demand for quality services and conveniences. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
The six trains, which have a total of 90 carriages, include alert systems, displays of the next train station, temperature, and train speed.
The trains have semi-automatic doors, power sockets, big corridors, eco-safe toilets, and quality air conditioning systems.
Each carriage bed has a reading lamp and USB charger. A total of eight televisions are also installed in the carriages.
Carriages serving meals are located in the middle of the train for passenger convenience.
Free meals are served on the trains, with meals following aviation standards, at three train stations in Hà Nội, Sài Gòn and Đà Nẵng.
All staff have passed a training course at the Aviation Academy.
|Each carriage bed has a reading lamp and USB charger. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp|
Lê Hữu Chiến, 67, a passenger from Hải Dương province, said the cars have wider aisles and ticket prices are reasonable.
“I hope we have more new trains with high-quality service and infrastructure for locals and foreigners,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyễn Ngọc Đông praised the efforts of VNR to enhance transport quality and use technology in management.
“I hope the new trains can help reduce shortcomings in the railway and contribute to the sustainable growth of the country’s railway sector,” he said. — VNS