HCM City: 11 flyover stations of Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro to be completed by March

by VNA17 January 2023 Last updated at 20:59 PM

All main parts of the HCMC National University Station are nearly completed. (Photo: VNA)
All main parts of the HCMC National University Station are nearly completed. (Photo: VNA)

VTV.vn - It is expected that by March this year, all 11 flyover stations of the Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro will be completed, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Management Authority for Urban Railways (MAUR).

Engineers and workers are installing and finishing the station elevators, including metal frames, ticket offices and glass balustrades at the main entrances of the stations.

The MAUR said that it was cooperating with the Hitachi Company to complete automatic and safety systems at the stations.

Ho Tran Cong Trieu, from the NJPT consultants, said that about 600-700 workers were finishing construction.

It is scheduled that the workers will be off for the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday from January 20 and back to work on January 27.

The Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien metro project was initially scheduled for completion in late 2021 to run commercially in 2022. However, it has been delayed several times due to the pandemic and procedural problems.

With an expected investment of more than 43.7 trillion VND (1.89 billion USD), the metro line is funded by Japanese overseas development assistance and Vietnamese counterpart funds.

It is about 19.7km in length with three underground stations, including Ben Thanh, HCM City Opera House, Ba Son, and 11 flyover stations, including Vang Thanh, Tan Cang, Thao Dien, An Phu, Rach Chiec, Phuoc Long, Binh Thai, Thu Duc, High-tech Zone, HCM City National University and Suoi Tien Terminal.

After 10 years of construction, around 94% of the metro line has been completed.

The first test ran on nine kilometres of elevated track between Suoi Tien Station and Binh Thai Station on December 21 last year.

The elevated section is designed for trains to run at a speed of 110 kilometres per hour, but during the test run the train ran at a speed of 40kph.

All 17 trains have 147 seats and a capacity of 930 passengers. They can run at speeds of up to 80km underground.


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