Update: 15:48 | 17/12/2020
The Việt Nam Register Authority under the transport ministry, announced it has completed the assessment and issued technical safety and environmental protection certification for 13 trains and other related components of the Cát Linh-Hà Đông urban railway, Hà Nội’s long-delayed first metro project.
The announcement came four days after the project started whole-system test runs on December 12 lasting through the end of 2020, eyeing commercial operations by March 2021.
The inspected items include an actual composition of each of the train’s equipment and components (in both idle and moving state) and checking them against the approved planning and national standards on imported rail components.
The vehicles passing the technical standards verification will be certified to be operated.
After the independent French consulting firm Apave-Certifier-Tricc consortium finished their assessment, the Việt Nam Register would have a final verification and issue certification proving the safety of the whole system before the metro project can commence official operations.
Once given the green light, the project will be handed over to the Hà Nội authorities to manage.
A section of Cát Linh-Hà Đông urban metro project crosses through Hoàng Cầu area, Hà Nội.
Safety assessment includes reliability, readiness, serviceability and safety of vehicle system, train control signaling, plans to evacuate passengers in cases of emergency (on the elevated rail lines and in the stations), smoke and heat management systems and ventilation inside tunnels, electricity compatibility, system integration, test operations, and safety controls.
During the 20-day trial, every day there will be a total of 287 train journeys, running from 5am to 11pm, with the frequency of one trip every 5-6 minutes during rush hours, just like the commercial operations.
According to the design, the Cát Linh-Hà Đông urban metro project has a mainline of more than 13km elevated rail line, 12 stations and 13 trains.
Each train has four cars, capable of carrying more than 900 people, with the design speed of 80km/h but the commercial run’s speed would be capped at an average of 35km/h.
Previously, at the Standing meeting of the Government on the implementation of the Hà Nội urban railway projects, Minister of Transport Nguyễn Văn Thể pledged the project would enter commercial operations in the first quarter of 2021, four years after the original finishing date.
The project, which commenced in October 2011, with an investment capital of about VNĐ18 trillion from China’s Official Development Assistance to Việt Nam, has suffered numerous setbacks and delays.
Most recently, hundreds of Chinese technicians and experts have been unable to leave China or enter Việt Nam to work on the project due to border closure policies in place in the previous months.
Hà Nội People’s Committee has announced the price of the tickets for the Cát Linh-Hà Đông metro, with the lowest one being VNĐ8,000 for a trip and VNĐ30,000 for a day pass.
A month pass for the common passenger is priced VNĐ200,000.