The elevated section of the Nhon-Hanoi Station urban railway has been connected after 30 months of construction with the last concrete beam being successfully installed on December 23. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The elevated section of the Nhon-Hanoi Station urban railway has been connected after 30 months of construction with the last concrete beam being successfully installed on December 23.

According to the Hanoi Metropolitan Railway Management Board, the first of 572 concrete beams of the section was placed on June 27, 2016.

The railway, connecting Nhon in the city's western suburbs and the Hanoi Railway Station, spans 12.5km. It consists of 12 stations, including eight elevated and four underground.

The elevated 8-km route is scheduled to be put into the commercial operation in 2021. The remaining 4.5-km underground section, through Nam Tu Liem, Bac Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Ba Dinh and Dong Da district, will be operational by the end of 2022.

The total investment for the project is nearly 36 trillion VND (1.5 billion USD). It will be part of a rail network that aims to ease traffic congestion and reduce emissions.

Meanwhile, the Cat Linh-Ha Dong railway began a trial run on September 20. According to the project’s management board, the trial run will last 3-6 months until the railway is ready for official operation.

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong railway project has total adjusted investment of more than 20 trillion VND (886 million USD) sourced from official development assistance loans from China.

The 13 kilometre railway will have 12 stations and one depot area. It is set to operate trains with carrier frequency of every two minutes and a maximum speed of 80 kilometres per hour.-VNA