Two more trains arrive for HCM City metro route
Two more imported trains of the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line in Ho Chi Minh City arrived on Monday morning.
|Two more imported trains of the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line in Ho Chi Minh City arrive on May 10.|
According to the Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR) of HCM City which is the metro project's investor, the trains left Japan's Kasado Port on May 1 and arrived at Khanh Hoi Port on the morning of May 10. They will be transported to the route’s Long Binh Depot on May 11.
This first metro line in the city has 17 trains which are being produced in Japan. In the first stage, the line will use three-carriage trains.
Earlier, the first train for the project was transported to Vietnam last October.
MAUR's deputy head, Huynh Hong Thanh, revealed that two more will be brought to the city in July this year.
Each train comprises three carriages measuring 61.5 metres long allowing a maximum speed of 110 kilometres per hour. It can transport 930 passengers.
The train is designed with a simple interior design that is easy to be cleaned and maintained. Its colours are blue and grey.
This is the widest train in Vietnam at 2.95 metres.
The trains have been scheduled for the trial run by the end of this year on the elevated section from Binh Thai Junction to Long Binh Depot.
Thanh added that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the import of the project’s equipment and machines from countries such as Germany, Spain, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan was slowed. The pandemic has also affected the entry of foreign experts.
Because of Covid-19, some bidding packages of the project were 4-8 months behind schedule.
At present, around 83.63% of the project has been finished.
The 20-km Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro line which had an initial investment of VND17.38 trillion consists of 14 stations along 19.7 kilometres, including a 2.6-kilometre underground section and 17.1 kilometres of elevated tracks.
The opening of the first metro line in HCM City, which runs between Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9, will be delayed until 2022, city authorities have said.
The Management Authority for Urban Railways of Ho Chi Minh City held a ceremony on October 13 to receive the first train for the city’s Metro Line No 1 (Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien).