The State Council for Acceptance of Construction Projects of Vietnam has granted approval for the quality assessment results of Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro in Hanoi allowing the rail project to commence initial phase of commercial operations. The council members have reviewed the preparatory works for real-life operations and results from the trial run that was completed in December 2020. They have also inspected the metro depots, the operations control centre, station equipment, ticketing system, and the signalling system at all of the stations.

The metro system will be operated by the Hanoi Railway One-Member Company Limited (Metro Hanoi). Before the project is opened to traffic, the Ministry of Transport (MOT), Hanoi People’s Committee and related agencies will inspect and conduct a quality control on the entire transit system and other related components.

The Cat Linh-Ha Dong project is set to be the first metro in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital city and was financed mostly under Government of China’s official development assistance (ODA). The 13 km metro system will consist of 12 stations and 13 trains. Each train has a top speed of 80 km per hour and passenger capacity of over 900.