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Trains Tirelessly Testing, Awaiting the Launch of the Nhon – Hanoi Metro Commercial Operation

The train testing process extends from March 11th to April 26th. This is the final step in an 8-step testing and system adjustment process before launching the Nhon – Hanoi Metro line into commercial operation.

The trial runs for the Nhon – Hanoi Metro line will conclude in over 3 weeks, extending for a month and a half from March 11th to April 26th. The trial operation is the final step in an 8-stage testing and system tuning process before the project transitions into commercial operation.

The 7 preceding steps are factory acceptance testing, installation, post-installation checks, static integration testing, dynamic integration testing, and commissioning testing.

In this step, all operational personnel including train drivers, duty crews at the Operation Control Center (OCC), and technical staff are positioned to conduct system-wide trial operations. Trains are continuously tested along the entire route from 7:45 AM to 4:45 PM daily (Monday to Friday).

The trial operation is divided into 3 stages. Stage 1 involves normal operation, Stage 2 involves restricted operation, and Stage 3 involves emergency operation. There are 57 trial operation scenarios planned for these stages.

Contrary to expectations from last year, the contractor is expected to complete the system safety certification, handover testing and acceptance by the investor and state management agency by June of this year. This is to facilitate the commencement of commercial operation of the elevated section of the Nhon – Hanoi Metro project starting from July.

These days, people passing through streets such as Cau Giay, Xuan Thuy, Ho Tung Mau, and Cau Dien can easily hear the continuous sound of test trains running overhead. The Nhon – Hanoi Metro line stretches 12.5 kilometers with 8 elevated stations and 4 underground stations, passing through 6 districts including Bac Tu Liem, Nam Tu Liem, Cau Giay, Dong Da, Hoan Kiem, and Ba Dinh.

The project started in 2009 with a planned completion in 2015, but after several delays, the new overall completion target is expected in 2027, with the elevated section planned for operation in July 2024.

At Nhon station, the passenger elevators and stairways are still not operational. Along the Nhon – Cau Giay route, a significant number of buses are currently operating on this major road segment, accounting for nearly 22% of the entire bus network.

The scene includes closed and covered gates at various stations along the route. According to the Hanoi Public Transport Management Center, during the initial operation of the project, it is forecasted that approximately 15-20% of the population will shift from personal vehicles to using urban railway line 3 (Nhon – Cau Giay elevated section), primarily residents living along the corridor.

The Cau Giay station is the final elevated point on the line before the trains descend into the underground stations to approach the central districts of Ba Dinh and Hoan Kiếm. This station is crucial as it intersects with several major roads with high traffic density and a large number of vehicles and commuters, including La Thanh, Cau Giay, Kim Ma, and Lang,..