|Hà Nội Station is recommended to receive high-speed train passengers in the future. — Photo baogiaothong.vn|
The consortium proposed that Ngọc Hồi Station will be the southern transfer depot and a place for train storage, maintenance, and repair for Thường Tín to Ngọc Hồi Stations while the eastern terminal is Lạc Đạo in neighbouring Hưng Yên Province.
The northern terminal station, Yên Thường in Gia Lâm District will be added to assume the function of a cargo terminal while Yên Viên Station is a passenger terminal including the transit connection with line 1 of the urban railway, and Bắc Hồng Station in Đông Anh District will be an intermediate station that will have land set aside for its development.
Hà Nội Station will serve passengers of the urban railway and high-speed trains.
The station for the North-South high-speed railway line will be placed in Ngọc Hồi, about 10km from the city’s centre.
On the other hand, the high-speed railway using advanced technology and separate lines, as well as stereoscopic intersections does not conflict with urban transport modes, and thus it won't suffer the same shortcomings as the current radial national railway system.
It is recommended to connect high-speed rail to Hà Nội Station.
According to the report, the Hà Nội railway network in the future will include all the current radial lines and add two more ring routes of the eastern belt connecting Ngọc Hồi-Lạc Đạo-Bắc Hồng-Thạch Lỗi before 2030 and will have a western belt connecting Ngọc Hồi-Thạch Lỗi after 2030.
Besides, a number of new radial railway lines on corridors with high transport demand such as Hà Nội-HCM City, Lào Cai-Hà Nội-Hải Phòng, and Hà Nội-Lạng Sơn will be built.
Regarding the plan of operating the Hà Nội railway, in the first phase, all radial passenger trains are proposed to stop at main stations on the ring routes and transit stations through public transport means such as buses and urban railway. Ony high-speed passenger trains approach Hà Nội Station.
In the next stages, when satellite cities develop large enough and the demand for transport between satellite cities and the central city increases, there will be more passenger trains connecting suburban to urban areas to serve commuters of employees and students.
Meanwhile, freight trains will organise inter-linear operations via the ring railway. On the ring roads, there will be stations that have both technical functions of train operation and cargo handling to meet local needs. — VNS