The Ministry of Transport is planning to invest in the
construction of Hai Phong - Hanoi - Lao Cai (East-West)
railway line 1,435mm standard in the direction of increasing
the connection between seaport and international railway.
Cargo volume on the Hai Phong - Lao Cai route is expected to
increase by more than 130 million tons by 2020.
Travel speed reaches 160km/hour
Speaking at the meeting on the report on the planning of the
railway route Hai Phong - Hanoi - Lao Cai, Vice Minister of
Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong said that this is the most
important route of freight and passengers of the railway of
Vietnam. The route is not only meaningful for local
socio-economic development, but also in transport links,
international trade, clear the feights in the northern plain
in general, Hai Phong port area in particular. At the same
time, attract the export of Vietnam to China or transit to
Central Asia, Europe and vice versa.
The route starts at Lao Cai Station, running eastwards
through Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Phu Tho, Vinh Phuc, Ha Noi, Hung
Yen, Hai Duong, Hai Phong privinces and terminates at Lach
Huyen Port (Hai Phong), total length of the route is 391 km,
in which the connecting section of Ha Khau and Lao Cai has
the length of 6.29 km.
According to the plan,
train route Lao Cai - Hanoi - Hai Phong will
exist simultaneously in both old and new tracks. In
particular, the new track will take care of cargo and all
passengers of the route, the existing track continues to
cover part of cargo volume. New track will be built in
standard size 1,435mm, speed 160km/hour, cargo train
Nguyen Thanh Duong, Vice Chairman of Lao Cai People's
Committee said that this railway plays a very important role
in promoting local economic development and trade. However,
detailed planning should be updated with the planning of the
localities to optimize the location of the route, paying
attention to the connection with industrial parks, cultural
and tourist sites of the region.
On the side of the Ministry of Transport, Deputy Minister
Nguyen Ngoc Dong noted that it is necessary to look at the
overview of the route with the goal of increasing
transportation capacity in order to locate the lines,
thereby agreeing with the localities on the planning to
adjust. "It is necessary to determine how to connect with
old railways, how to connect to seaports, ports, cargo
terminals...In particular, the three connections of railways
with Chinese railways in Lao Cai, the hub areas of Hanoi and
the seaport of Hai Phong. This will ensure the effectiveness
of the route" Dong stressed that at the same time to pay
attention to the problem of land clearance, the issue of
safety at intersections with roads when planning.
Talking with Transport Newspaper, Deputy General Director of
Vietnam Railway Corporation Phan Quoc Anh, said the most
important issue to prioritize prior implementation was the
connection of railroad with Chinese railways as it is a
"congestion", a great impact on transportation between the
two countries, as well as transportation of goods through
China export to Vietnam.