General requirements for railway station in Vietnam

General requirements for railway station in Vietnam
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According to Vietnam’s regulations, “railway station” is a place where railway vehicles stop, shunt, overtake, pick up or disembark passengers, cargoes are handled, other professional procedures are followed and other services are provided.

According to the Law on Railway Transport 2017 of Vietnam, a railway station must meet the following requirements:

- Depending on the grading for railway stations, a railway station includes a train station, square, warehouse, yard, platform, fence, service area, necessary equipment and other works related to railway activities;

- Railway stations must be named, and provide information and instructions for passengers. The name must not be identical and must be appropriate for locations, local history, culture and fine traditions and customs. The stations along the national railway in grade-III or above urban areas, key stations and international stations must be provided with a workplace provided for regulatory authorities involved in railway activities according to the planning approved by a competent authority.

- A railway stations must have emergency exit system; fire safety and fighting system; power supply system, lighting system, ventilation system; water supply and drainage system;  sanitation system, and other technical requirements of the train station;

- A passenger station must have works and equipment for providing accessibility equipment for the disabled and prioritized subjects according to regulations of law; emergency telephone system and first aid supplies;

- International stations and central station must have a design that shows the history and traditional cultural identity of each region. High-speed rail stations must include safety equipment;

- Commercial works and offices are allowed to be built at stations along national and urban railways.

Railway station is classified as follows:

- Passenger station used for passenger loading and unloading, and provision of services related to passenger transport, professional procedures and other commercial purposes;

- Cargo station used for transfer, receipt, handling and storage of cargoes, and provision of other services related to cargo transport and professional procedures;

- Technical station used for completion of professional procedures in service of train operation;

- Mixed station having functions of 02 or 03 types of stations set forth above.

The Law on Railway Transport 2017 of Vietnam takes effect from July 01, 2018, replacing the Law on Railway Transport 2005.


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