A new underground Ho Chi Minh City metro link from the city centre to Ton San Nhat Airport is in the planning stages, with the city seeking government approval for the massive $250 million project. A two kilometre line would link Vietnam’s busiest airport to Saigon Metro Line 5 in Tan Binh District. South Korean consultants working on the Metro project have been drafting a feasibility study.
The majority of the money would be borrowed by the municipal government and the rest would be covered by the state budget. It is expected that a full feasibility study will be presented to the government in the early part of 2018. If given the go-ahead, construction would commence in 2019 and be concluded in 2024.
At the same time, the city is also looking for government approval for first phase of Line 5, which runs for 9 km and connects with Line 2 in Tan Binh District. It also connects with Line 1 at Saigon Bridge.
Saigon Metro Line 5 is due to open in 2025 and is being built to withstand level 7 magnitude earthquakes. Most of the line is subterranean with just under one and a half kilometres on an elevated track. Trains will run every ten minutes and travel at speeds of up to 90 km/h.
Whilst the work is causing short-term chaos within the city centre, it looks as though Saigon will, in the very near future, have an excellent metro system.