Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in coordination with Vietnam Railway Administration recently prepared a second report on some adjustments to the high speed North-South Railway line project (DSCT).
According to the JICA report, the first option for the DSCT line will cover a total track length of 1,570 km, of which 364.2 km will be constructed on the ground; 1,043 km via flyovers; 45.8 km over bridges; and 116.6 km through tunnels.
The track width will be 1.435 meters wide to ensure the maximum speed of 350 km per hour.
All railway stations will be near urban areas so that passengers will find it more convenient to travel.
Particularly, the railway section crossing through Binh Thuan Province of 165 km will have six tunnels, six intersection crossings, 1A National Highway, and Phan Ri Cua - Hoa Minh (Tuy Phong) - Phan Thiet Stations.
The construction is planned to begin in 2020, to be complete by 2030.
When fully operational in 2030, travel time by train between Hanoi and HCMC will be shortened to 5 hours 40 minutes.
In the framework of the DSCT development, JICA also recommended upgrading the existing railway to the A1 width, which will reduce travel time from Hanoi to HCMC to about 29 hours.
By the year 2020-2025, the entire railway route will be upgraded, bottlenecks removed, tracks straightened and unnecessary slopes and curves removed.
By that time the service time will be approximately 25 hours for 25 trains operating round-the-clock.
Le Tien Phuong, chairman of the People's Committee of Binh Thuan Province proposed to JICA to make some adjustments on the DSCT system in Binh Thuan and establish a new station at Tan Nghia, south of Binh Thuan Province.
Representatives of JICA and Vietnam Railway Administration noted the opinions of all the provinces to be adjusted in the project.