Chairman of Vietnam Railway Corporation Vu Anh Minh spoke about
the VND7trn (USD309m) plan to upgrade the sector's infrastructure for the
2017-2021 period. Minh said he had asked the Ministry of Transport to submit
the plan for prime ministerial approval.
Chairman of Vietnam Railway
Corporation Vu Anh Minh
What would these funds be used for?
The railway from Hanoi to Danang can only withstand 4.2 tonnes per metre, and
3.6 tonnes per metre for Danang to HCM City. It's important to upgrade the
loading capacity from Danang to HCM City to 4.2 tonnes then expanding the
railway at the stations so that we can increase the number of carriages from
19 to 25.
What we want to do is call for investment. In April, we'll sign a contract
with Saigon Newport Corporation to build two inland container depots at Song
Than and Dong Anh industrial zones. This is a corporation under the military
and holds 50% of the market share so we hope the projects will be a
breakthrough for the railway sector.
We also sign contracts with many tourism firms and business associations to
attract more passengers and boost promotion. Will you change the traditional colour of the current trains?
To make the trains more fresh and friendly, we'll use blue and white. We plan
to provide advertising on the sides of the trains to have funds for the
After taking over the office for one month, what is your plan to
The board agrees to safely and fully exploit what we have right now. Meeting
customer demand and build trains based on the actual number of passengers we
have. We'll focus on shorter routes and develop long-distance freight.
Currently, the train for the Hanoi-HCM City route can carry hundreds of
passengers but in reality, only 15 to 20 people actually choose to go the
full route from Hanoi to HCM City or vice versa. The long-distance trips have
the premiere hours but we need the best hours for passengers on the short
routes like from Hanoi to Vinh City. Passengers on long trip actually don't
really care for the hours.
In the coming time, we'll adjust the hours for the short-distance trip.
Is the railway sector afraid to compete with the airlines because of
We choose to exploit what have the most advantages for us. The ticket prices
for HCM City-Nha Trang and Hanoi-Vinh City routes are cheaper than going by
plane. In addition, it takes about 4 to 5 hours to travel from the city to
the airports, wait for the procedures and wait for the plane.
We have the advantages of train stations right in the centres of many cities,
we’re on time and safe. However, we need better services.
We are preparing to sell a two-in-one ticket that offers cars to bring
passengers from the station to Cua Lo Beach in Vinh. The sooner you book
tickets, the cheaper the prices are, and giveaway tickets to people that have
influential on society and help promote the sector.
We'll try to lower the prices for long-distance trips.