Vietnam's 1st urban railway opens in Hanoi

Vietnam's first urban railway line has started operating in the capital of Hanoi. It is expected to ease traffic congestion in the city.

The railway opened on Saturday and connects Cat Linh station with Yen Nghia station, a distance of 13 kilometers. There will be no charge to travel on the line for the first 15 days.

There is mounting demand for urban rail transportation in Vietnam, a country plagued by worsening vehicular traffic congestion.

A number of railway projects are underway in the country with assistance from Japan and China.

But they have fallen behind schedule and initial plans have been revised due to problems with the purchase of land and ballooning construction costs.

The new railway line in Hanoi was constructed with assistance from China.

Local media say the project has been delayed 12 times since it began in 2011.

A university student on board the train said that he is thrilled to be able to ride on an urban rail train which travels smooth and fast.

He said he has waited for a long time, but it was worth of it.