Construction will begin on Sept. 22 on a pilot urban railway, running from Nhon in Tu Liem district to Hanoi Railway Station, as part of a largest ever public transport project in Hanoi, said Head of the municipal People’s Committee’s Office Nguyen Thinh Thanh.

The municipal People’s Committee requested Tu Liem district to finalise preparations, especially site clearance for the project before Sept. 16.

Under the plan till 2020, Hanoi will have five urban railway routes, linking the inner city with nearby urban centres of Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc, Hung Yen and Thai Nguyen.

The Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station, the third route of the plan, has a total length of 12km, connecting the city’s west part to the downtown and the southern part.

The first route will run between Ngoc Hoi, Yen Vien and Nhu Quynh. It will link areas located in the northeast and the south of Hanoi with downtown.

The second route, Noi Bai-downtown-Thuong Dinh, is the backbone of the urban area at the present and in the future. It will connect with the railway route from Cat Linh, Hanoi to Ba La, Ha Dong.

The fourth route will run between Dong Anh, Sai Dong, Vinh Tuy, Thanh Xuan, Tu Liem, Thuong Cat and Me Linh. This route will connect urban development projects.

The fifth route will run between the southern part of West Lake , Ngoc Khanh and Lang-Hoa Lac to connect the downtown with urban areas located along Lang-Hoa Lac corridor./.