Contract signing in Hanoi.

VIETNAM: On December 5 state railway DSVN signed a €38·3m contract with Alstom Transport for the modernisation of signalling at 34 stations on the 319 km Hanoi - Vinh line by the second quarter of 2012.

Alstom will supply a control centre, electronic interlockings and trackside equipment including point machines and axle counters.

The agreement is part of DSVN's modernisation plan for the 1 726 km 'Reunification Line' between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Work on the Hanoi - Vinh section is being supported through French overseas development aid. In 2005 Alstom modernised three stations on the Hanoi - Vinh section during the first phase of work.