HCMC – Can Tho rail line to cost $4bn

The Vietnam Railway Bureau will build a railroad project connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Can Tho at a cost of US$4 billion, said Nguyen Bui Nam, head of the bureau’s Planning and Investment Department.

The $4 billion project was designed by Transport Engineering Design Joint-Stock Incorporated South (TEDI South) and South Korea’s ChungSuk consultant company.

TEDI South gave three design options and carried out a survey to choose one of three options to build the railway.

The proposed main station in HCMC is in the Hoa Hung area, District 10, or Thu Thiem area, District 2.

In the first option: the end of the railway would be Cai Rang District, Can Tho City.  The route will be 157 kilometers long.

In the second option: The end of the line would be Binh Thuy District, Can Tho City, reducing the line distance by ten kilometers.

Option three: The end of the line would be O Mon District, Can Tho City, with the total length of the route 149 kilometers.

The plan calls for the HCMC-Can Tho railway to offer a one-way transportation time of between 30-45 minutes. Currently, buses take more than five hours, including a ferry ride, to travel the route connecting the two cities at a distance of around 169 kilometers.

The railroad is expected to serve trains traveling at up to 350 kilometers per hour.

By Ho Tu - Translated by Y Nhi

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