Deputy PM says appropriate technology needed for high-speed trains

Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai has instructed the agencies concerned to send a report on the Hanoi – HCM City Express Railway project to the Government by early March.

The Shinkansen, or bullet train, in Japan will be among those the Vietnamese Government will check out for technology for the country’s north-south express rail project. (File photo)

The project must aid the sustainable and comprehensive development of the country’s transport system, he said.

The Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment will assess its environmental impact.

To choose the appropriate technology for Vietnamese conditions, it is necessary to learn about advanced railway technologies in other countries like France, Germany, and Japan, he emphasized.

After considering the reports, the Government will submit its proposal to the National Assembly for approval in October.

The project will require around 4,170 hectares of land, estimated to cost US$55.7 billion.

The 1,555 kilometer railroad system will have 25 stations and carry 48,000 passengers a day in 2020 and 85,000 passengers in 2025.

By Lam Nguyen – Translated by Truc Thinh

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