A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

The first station of the much-awaited Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban rail link is almost ready for its grand opening.

The first station of the much-awaited Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban rail link is almost ready for its grand opening.

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

Work on the Cat Linh-Ha Dong elevated railway started in October 2011 and had originally been scheduled for completion in 2013. But several hurdles, including issues with the Chinese contractor, have stalled the project for years.

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

It is now expected to start its test run in September before the commercial launch next year.

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

The line will run over more than 13 kilometers (8 miles) with 12 stations. The first one, La Khe, on Quang Trung Street in Ha Dong District was completed on Wednesday. A train capable of taking more than 1,200 people has been put in place.

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

The station is ready for an opening ceremony in May.

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

The train has been imported from China. The engine was made in China with other parts imported from Japan and the Czech Republic.

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

The rail track is almost complete. The contractor said it has put up noise reduction walls along the way.

A closer look at Cát Linh – Hà Đông urban railway, await for test run

Hanoi officials said the city will need billions of dollars to develop transport infrastructure over the next five years, while tight funding could affect the city’s growth prospects.

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