Plans for north, central and southern regions to 2020 and beyond.
The Prime Minister has approved adjustments to development planning for transport in Vietnam’s three key economic regions to 2020 and orientation towards 2030.
In the north the government will continue to complete improvements and upgrades on the existing rail network, paying particular attention to the upgrade and modernization of the North - South railway, the completion of the Yen Vien - Pha Lai - Ha Long - Cai Lan line, the construction of urban railways in Hanoi, and connecting lines with seaports, dry ports, economic zones, mines, and tourism centers.
It will also upgrade the North - South railway line so that passenger trains may reach an average speed of 80-90 km/h and goods trains 50-60 km/h. It also directed relevant ministries to complete and put into operation the entire Yen Vien - Pha Lai - Ha Long - Cai Lan line, of approximately 129 km in length. Research has been assigned to the construction of the North - South high-speed railway, especially the Hanoi - Vinh link, the Lao Cai - Hanoi- Hai Phong link, and the Hanoi - Dong Dang link.
The government also requested relevant authorities research the construction of railway lines after 2020, including the Nam Dinh - Hai Phong - Quang Ninh Coastal Line with a total length of about 120 km, and the Ha Long - Mui Chua - Mong Cai line, of about 150 km.
In the central region the government aims to develop five key transport corridors, including the coastal corridor, Da Nang - National Highway No. 1 - National Highway No. 9 - Lao Bao, Da Nang - National Highway No. 14B - National Highway No. 14D - Nam Giang, Da Nang - Central Highlands, Dung Quat Corridor - Central Highlands, and Quy Nhon - Central Highlands.
The southern region will see improved connections between transport types, such as ports in Vung Tau, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang, dry ports, logistics service centers, Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Long Thanh International Airport, railway stations, and bus stations.
Regional authorities must also promote multimodal transport and develop logistics centers in focal areas such as Cat Lai (Ho Chi Minh City), Song Than (Binh Duong province), Cai Mep Ha (Ba Ria Vung Tau province), and other areas according to regional plans.