13 October 2023
The Group is renewing its contracts to supervise the design and construction of line 3 of the Hanoi metro until the end of 2027. A look back at a project that is emblematic of our expertise.

SYSTRA’s work on line 3 of the Hanoi metro continues: our teams have just signed a four-year extension to our role as Project Implementation Consultant in order to supervise and certify all the activities of the various companies involved in the project, both civil engineering and systems.

We can now look forward with confidence to completing this project, which will employ almost a hundred people on-site over the next few years.

Frédéric Dufour, Asia Business Unit Director

One of SYSTRA’s most comprehensive metro assignments

Since it was launched in 2007, the Hanoi line 3 project has represented a challenge for SYSTRA: it is the largest scope of work ever obtained by the Group on its own, without any co-contractor or consortium partner. We are responsible for all areas, from preliminary studies to commissioning, including the design of stations and tunnels, the preparation of calls for tender, the analysis of bids and approval of dossiers, the review and testing of all systems including rolling stock, operating certification and the training of operating staff as Shadow operators.

As a project office, the SYSTRA team is made up of engineers specialising in civil engineering and systems, inspectors, topographers, experts in safety, quality and materials approval, accountants, financial and document controllers, as well as around fifteen trainers in charge of the Shadow Operator activity. In total, up to 80 local and expatriate Group employees are working on the Hanoi metro every day.

Alain Béchereau, Hanoi Metro Project Director
Line 3 of the Hanoi metro in test phase. Viaducts and tunnels, stations, systems and rolling stock, SYSTRA is present throughout the project

Towards commissioning

Line 3 of the Hanoi metro will bring public transport closer to more than 20% of the population and link 6 of the city’s districts. This will be a real revolution for this metropolis, where demand for mobility infrastructure is high.

Line 3 has a multi-faceted profile, with an underground section leaving Hanoi station, and an overhead viaduct section. The latter will be brought into service in mid-2024, after all Hanoi metro operating staff have been trained. At the same time, underground work will continue, with digging of the tunnels starting at the end of 2023, with a view to completion and equipping them with civil engineering and systems by 2027.

Installation of the tunnel boring machine to be launched end of 2023/ beginning of 2024

Did you know?

The trains on line 3 are coloured red and yellow, in reference to the dragon fruit called ‘thanh long’ of which Vietnam is Asia’s leading producer as well as the world’s leading exporter.

Key features – Line 3 of the Hanoi metro

  • 12.5km of new line
  • 8.5km of elevated section
  • 4km underground
  • 12 stations
  • Nickname: Temple of Literature line
  • Maximum speed: 80km/h
  • Supply by third rail at 750 volts
  • 6 major districts served
  • 20% of Hanoi’s residents close to the line
  • SYSTRA assignment: 2007 – 2027

Header photo credit: Colas Rail

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