Saigoneer

BackSociety » Development » Vietnam Plans To Launch High-Speed Rail Line By 2040

Vietnam Plans To Launch High-Speed Rail Line By 2040

Despite the National Assembly’s opinion that it should be pushed to the back burner, the Transport Ministry is moving ahead with plans for Vietnam’s first high-speed rail line.


Related Articles:

Vietnam Pushes Ahead With High-Speed Rail Line

Vietnam To Get High Speed Trains That Can Reach 350km/Hour

PM Approves High-Speed Rail And Airport Upgrades In Massive Transportation Overhaul


At a meeting in Hanoi on Tuesday, Deputy Transport Minister Nguyen Ngoc Dong said that the ministry would spend the next three years studying the implementation of the project, particularly the Saigon - Nha Trang and Hanoi - Vinh sections. It plans to complete the North-South line by 2040, reports Vietnam News.

Once the study is completed 2018, the Transport Ministry will submit the proposal to the National Assembly for approval.

The approval process will likely be the project's largest obstacle as a similar, US$56 billion proposal was rejected by the National Assembly back in 2010.

The failed proposal called for many separate lines, including: Lao Cai - Hanoi;, Hanoi - Hai Phong; Hanoi - Dong Dang; Bien Hoa - Vung Tau; Saigon - Can Tho; Hqi Phong Port - Lach Huyen; and other connections to seaports, and the Trans-Asia Railway), writes Dois Song Phap Luat newspaper. It seems the Transport Ministry has learned from this experience as the new proposal focuses on the North-South line, positioning it as a crucial infrastructure project for the country's future.

Dong highlighted other stumbling blocks that must also be overcome to complete the project, including difficulties in mobilizing capital, techniques and human resources.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung approved the construction of the line on which trains will run at speeds of up to 350km/hour

If the National Assembly signs off on the proposal, work is expected to begin in 2020.

[Photo (for illustrative purposes) via Reuters]

Related Articles

in Development

$2bn Thu Thiem Eco Smart City Set to Break Ground This Year

A week after the city unveiled Thu Thiem Empire City, a project that will include Vietnam’s tallest building, a group of Asian developers have announced that they will break ground on its neighbor, th...

in Development

'Cable Car' Tourism Developer FLC Group Wants to Build a Mega-Resort in Quang Ngai

Experts and locals have voiced concerns over the impact a proposed mega-resort on the coast in Quang Ngai Province may have on the environment and the local community.

in Development

'House for Trees' in Tan Binh District

Vo Trong Nghia Architects, winners of ArchDaily’s ‘House of the Year’ award, is undoubtedly Vietnam’s leading sustainable/green design firm. One of their latest projects, ‘House for Trees’ was complet...

in Development

15 Projects That Will Change Saigon Forever: Part 1

The area between Bến Thành Market and the Saigon Opera House is undeniably the epicenter of changes to the city’s urban fabric with the construction of pedestrian promenades, subway stations, a n...

in Development

15 Projects That Will Change Saigon Forever: Part 2

The area between Bến Thành Market and the Saigon Opera House is undeniably the epicenter of changes to the city’s urban fabric with the construction of pedestrian promenades, subway stations, a new ad...

in Development

15 Projects That Will Change Saigon Forever: Part 3

The area between Bến Thành Market and the Saigon Opera House is undeniably the epicenter of changes to the city’s urban fabric with the construction of pedestrian promenades, subway stations, a new ad...

Partner Content

Video »

BUDX HCMC