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Train for Hanoi metro line 3 arrives one week early

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 12:49 GMT+7
Train for Hanoi metro line 3 arrives one week early
Carriages of the train for Hanoi's metro line 3 is seen in this photo supplied by the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board.

The first carriages of the train to run on Hanoi’s third metro route were unloaded to Nam Hai Dinh Vu Port in northern Hai Phong city on Sunday.

The metro train departed from France’s Port of Dunkirk on September 2 and was due to arrive in Vietnam in October 24.

The sea vessel carrying the trains for Hanoi Metro Line 3 is seen arriving at Nam Hai Dinh Vu Port of Hai Phong City in this photo supplied by Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB)

The sea vessel carrying the train for Hanoi's metro line 3 is seen arriving at Nam Hai Dinh Vu Port in Hai Phong City in this photo supplied by the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board.

As the shipment went one week faster than expected, the train reached Vietnam on 1:30 am Sunday. It was discharged from the sea vessel at 8:00 am the same day.

As per schedule, the carriages will be sent to Nhon Depot in Hanoi on a special vehicle for oversized and overweight cargo, and be then installed on the metro rail on line 3 in preparation for test runs.

The sea vessel carrying the trains for Hanoi Metro Line 3 is seen arriving at Nam Hai Dinh Vu Port of Hai Phong City in this photo supplied by Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB)

The sea vessel carrying the train for Hanoi's metro line 3 is seen arriving at Nam Hai Dinh Vu Port in Hai Phong City in this photo supplied by the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board.

A total of 10 trains are intended to operate on Hanoi’s metro line 3, which uses a standard track gauge of 1,435 millimeters. These trains are designed and assembled in adherence to European quality standards by French manufacturer Alstom.

The trains’ exterior is made of lightweight aluminum alloy with a green, red, and white coating and a symbol of Khue Van Cac – the iconic structure of Hanoi’s Van Mieu (Temple of Literature) – on the front.

It is fully equipped with air conditioner and ventilation systems, loudspeakers for announcements, surveillance cameras, standalone smoke and fire detectors, and LED lighting with auto-adjust brightness, among others.

The interior of the trains will be themed in light tones with white LED lighting to provide the most comfortable experience for passengers.

The metro line 3 will monitor train travels with the URBALIS Communication-Based Train Control System, one of Alstom’s solutions promising flexible control, safety optimization, and zero service disruption.

Each train consists of four carriages with total passenger capacity between 944 and 1124 per trip.

It can travel at 35 kilometers per hour in real-life commercial use, which can rise to a maximum of 80 kilometers per hour.

A carriage of the train for Hanoi Metro Line 3 is seen in this photo supplied by the MRB

A carriage of the train for Hanoi's metro line 3 is seen in this photo supplied by the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board.

Nguyen Cao Minh, head of the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board, said Hanoi's metro line 3, which connects Nhon Depot and Hanoi Railway Station, will commence commercial operations in a 8.5-kilometer length from Nhon to the University of Transport and Communications in the latter half of 2021, while the remaining four kilometers will be brought into service in late 2022.

The line is financially backed by official development assistance from the French government, French Development Agency, Asian Development Bank, European Investment Bank, as well as corresponding capital from domestic sources.

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Xuan Tung - Tien Thang - Ngoc Anh / Tuoi Tre News

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