Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — The much-anticipated Cát Linh-Hà Đông elevated railway began a trial run today morning.
According to the railway’s management unit, the railway will be trialed for 3-6 months until it is ready for official operation.
Over the past few months, the units involved in the implementation of the project have accelerated the project to ensure it is completed in accordance with the direction of Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and the Ministry of Transport.
Since August, the general contractor has carried out tests on equipment, such as checking on the power supply, information and signal systems as well as running each train, said the project management unit (PMU).
This is to determine that the entire project has achieved the technical standards as designed, it said, adding that the inspection has been completed.
The railway system will be trialed at night, running at full load with the operation of stations and passenger service facilities.
Currently, construction units are installing ticket machines and automatic ticket barriers; running the air-conditioning system and ventilation while repairing lights, escalators and elevators.
According to the PMU, all 13 trains will be put into operation simultaneously. Trains will start from Yên Nghĩa Station (Hà Đông District) to Cát Linh Station (Đống Đa District) and will stop at each station for 1 minute.
During the early stage of the trial, the trains will run every 10-12 minute at average speeds of 30-35km per hour. In the commercial exploitation period, the time gap between two trips will be gradually reduced to five minutes as designed.
More than 600 Vietnamese workers have been trained for the railway but Chinese personnel will take charge of the operation in the early stages of the trial.
The railway line stretches over 13km, linking Cát Linh Street in Đống Đa District in Hà Nội downtown with Yên Nghĩa Bus Station in Hà Đông District.
It includes 12 stations and a depot at Phú Lương Ward in Hà Đông District.
The railway has been constructed using Official Development Assistance (ODA) from China with total investment of US$868 million. — VNS