It was the horrifying news that Genh Bridge, a critical bridge on the North-South railway line of Vietnam, collapsed on March 20th, 2016. According to the Vietnam Railway Corporation, this unpredictable breakdown has influenced the schedule of up to 5,200 passengers.
So, Why Did Genh Bridge Collapse?
At the noon on March 20th in the Dong Nai Province, the Genh Bridge across the Dong Nai River was hit to collapse. The terrible collapse was caused by a barge that crashed into one of the piles of the bridge, driving two spans of the bridge to fall down. Because the Genh Bridge was built over 100 years ago and functioned in both railway and land transport, this collapse extremely affected the travel need of thousands of passengers even though it caused no human loss.
How Does The Collapse Of Genh Bridge Influence The Railway Service?
The crackup of the Genh Bridge in Dong Nai drove the railway services to be suspended. At that time, around 30 trains and 52,000 passengers were influenced. Then, the responsible Corporation came to solve the case: they blocked the area and pushed the passengers from Bien Hoa Station in Dong Nai Province to the Saigon Station and vice versa. Until the morning of March 21st, 2016, they helped move 21 trains with total passengers of 5207 passengers safely.
Also, they announce to adjust the train schedule when the bridge is being repaired. Informatively, the Ministry of Transport claims that it will take five months to repair the Genh Bridge, and they also think of the ability to build a temporary railway bridge to soothe the case. Besides, the passengers now can return their train tickets to get back their money without charges.
Key Notices for Passengers about the Change of Train Schedule after the Collapse of Genh Bridge
To deal with the current situations, the Vietnam Railway Corporation begins adjusting the train schedule. Their aim is to keep the railway service smooth and constant during the time to fix the Genh Bridge. It’s noticed that the change of train schedule will be mainly focused on the area from Nha Trang to the south.
After the tumble of Genh Bridge, the train schedule has been adjusted as follows:
- From March 22nd, 2016, the SPT1 train (Phan Thiet – Saigon route) is contemporarily stopped.
- From March 22nd, 2016, the SNT1 train (Nha Trang – Saigon route) is contemporarily stopped.
- From March 23rd, 2016, the SPT2 train (Saigon – Phan Thiet route) is contemporarily stopped.
- About the SNT6 train, it will be informed later.
So, to the passengers with the tickets for the SPT1, SPT2, and SNT1 trains as scheduled above, please contact the train station to return their tickets without charge or ask for the alternative solutions. For more notices, please call the Customer Service line at 1900 0109.
What’s more, there still keeps operating the SE1/2 and SE7/8 within Hanoi – Nha Trang railway route; the five couple trains Hanoi – Saigon namely TN1/2, SE3/4, SE5/6, SE21/22, SE25/SE26; and the three local trains for Vinh – Saigon, Quy Nhon – Saigon, and Nha Trang – Saigon routes.
Provided that the passengers keep up-to-date to the latest train schedule announced by the Vietnam Railway Corporation, their travel plans will not be affected much. The Corporation is trying their best to solve and fix this unexpected tumble.