Work on a 3.5 trillion VND-plus project to modernise information and signals along northern railway routes has started at Hanoi’s Yen Vien station.

Addressing the ceremony on March 24, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Le Manh Hung said that the project will help the railway sector to increase train speeds and improve safety, as well as allow access to the latest technology and railway management solutions.

The routes to be upgraded include Hanoi-Lao Cai, Hanoi-Dong Dang, Hanoi-Thai Nguyen and other railway lines.

More than 2.4 trillion VND of the 3.5 trillion VND project is sourced from the Chinese Government’s preferential credits. The project includes the construction of a cable transmission system, a signal control system and train monitoring system.

The first phase of the project, worth 2.2 trillion VND, is expected to be completed in 2013./.