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Vietnam’s Rail Network: Slow Train Headed for Fast-Track?

  • Vietnam is considering the construction of a north-south high-speed railway connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City

  • The project could cut travel times between the two cities significantly, but has a high price tag and doubts about its feasibility

  • Vietnam's rail network has struggled to keep up with the country's economic growth, but it is now being considered for expansion and improvement

  • The shift to rail could help Vietnam reach its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 and mitigate issues with high shipping costs and supply chain bottlenecks

  • Vietnam's rail infrastructure is in need of upgrading, and the national rail network plan includes building nine new lines with 2,362 kilometers of track by 2030

  • However, Vietnam has a poor track record with building railways on tight schedules, and the Yen Vien to Cai Lan railway project is over a decade behind schedule

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