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Hanoi Gears up to Start Building Metro Line 5 in 2022

The proposed route would cover 39 kilometers.

VnExpress reports that Hanoi's government has proposed that central agencies invest US$2.8 billion in the line. It is one of eight metro projects that have been approved by Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc in the capital.

This line, considered number five in the city's plans, would link Van Cao Street in Ba Dinh District to Hoa Lac, in suburban Thach That District. Hoa Lac is home to the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park, which includes a number of manufacturing facilities, such as Vinsmart's production lines.

The route would feature 21 stations, six underground through Van Cao, Lieu Giai, Nguyen Chi Thanh and Tran Duy Hung streets, as well as Ring Road 3, before moving above-ground for the remaining 15 stations.

Under the proposal, up to 40 trains would run on the line, each consisting of four to six carriages and hitting speeds of 120 kilometers per hour above-ground and 90 kilometers an hour underground.

According to the news source, officials hope to begin construction in 2022 and wrap up work in 2026.

However, Hanoi's first two metro lines have been under construction for years and still have no opening date, with the Cat Linh-Ha Dong route sitting at 99% complete for well over a year now, and ongoing delays due to administrative issues and safety personnel not being able to enter Vietnam.

[Photo: An aerial view of a station on Metro Line 2/CRECG]

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