By 2035 Vietnam is likely to have a high-speed train line using Japan's Shinkansen technology to reduce the time for trans-national rail travel to just 5.30 hours--nearly one sixth of the current time of 31 hours.

In an investment calculation just finalised by the Viet-Nhat (Vietnam-Japan) consultancy joint venture (VJC), the 1,570 km-long and 143.4 m-wide two-lane express railway will allow a speed of up to 300 km/h.

The VJC estimated a total investment of over 55.8 billion USD, of which 31 billion USD is for infrastructure, including 27 railway stations starting with Hanoi and finishing at the Hoa Hung station in HCM City .

The construction is to run in four phases, with the earliest sections of the line to finish by 2020, linking Hanoi with Vinh city in the north central province of Nghe An and HCM City with the beach city of Nha Trang in the south central province of Khanh Hoa.

By 2030, the section from Vinh city will run south to Da Nang and the last connection, between Da Nang and Nha Trang, will be put into operation by 2035, as recommended by joint venture’s consultants.

The recommended roadmap has been drawn up in line with the 2020 strategy and the 2050 vision for the railway sector approved by the Prime Minister./.