The first train made by Alstom Valenciennes in France for Metro Line 3 has arrived in Vietnam after a journey of over one month, enabling the project to be put into operation in 2021.

This information was released at the French Embassy’s press conference on October 28.

Metro Line 3 project is a symbol of the Franco-Vietnamese relationship. This is a leading project in urban transport development in Vietnam. It is equipped with high-technology and is a result of the work of many French companies.

“This is the first train among the 10 which are planned to arrive in Vietnam in the coming months. This marks an important step in project development,” said Nicolas Warnery, French Ambassador to Vietnam.

Metro Line 3 running from Nhon to Hanoi Railway Station has attracted a number of French companies including Alstom, Colas Rail, Thalès, Systra, Apave, RATP Smart Systems, with funding from French agencies like the French Development Agency, the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

According to Nguyen Cao Minh, director general of the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Board, by the end of September, the project has had 65.91 per cent of the work completed. The construction and equipment installation for the overhead passage reached 80.85 per cent.

Nicolas Warnery said that despite the impact of COVID-19, since September, many French experts have returned to Vietnam to work on the project. In the coming time, more will come to prepare the operations in 2021.

The metro line is 12km in length is expected to be put into operation in 2021. It can accommodate 8,600 passengers each hour, each way in the initial stage, and then reach 23,900 passengers each hour. It can save 20,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually and contribute to the country’s climate change fight.