By the end of October, Alstom will complete the first of the 10 metro trainsets for Hanoi Line 3, manufactured in Valenciennes, France. This was announced during the visit of the Vietnamese delegation led by the Deputy General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Tran Quoc Vuong, of the train assembly plant.
When completed, the first train will undergo a series of static and dynamic tests at the Valenciennes Railway Testing Centre in November. Tests will be carried out on the trains’ automatic control system and on-board audio-visual equipment, on Hanoi Metro Line 3 in the second half of 2020. Entry into service is expected in the first half of 2021.
During the visit, a MoU was signed with the Mayor of Hanoi, Nguyen Duc Chung, regarding the existing contract of Alstom in Hanoi. The agreement aims to foster further collaborative opportunities between both parties for new systems within the Vietnamese capital.
The four-car Metropolis trains for Hanoi Metro Line 3 will feature wide doors to facilitate passenger flow, dedicated space for passengers with reduced mobility, as well as ergonomic and easy-to-grab bars. The trains will be fully electric, with lightweight aluminium car bodies. The train’s exterior and interior colour scheme takes local Vietnamese inspiration and includes motifs such as dragon fruit and the rice paddy field, a design that was well-received by the people at a public consultation held in September 2018.
The trains are part of the contract signed with Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board in 2017. As the leader of a consortium, including Colas Rail and Thales, Alstom was awarded a contract to supply an integrated metro system for Hanoi Metro Line 3. Alstom’s share covered the supply and integration of the metro system, including the 10 trains and the Urbalis 400 signalling system, as well as the delivery of power supply and depot equipment together with a partner.
The new line is 12.5 km long with 12 stations. It is expected to carry over 23,900 passengers per hour and per direction at peak capacity.