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Thales has secured its first transportation contract in Vietnam to deliver a complete telecommunications system for Line 3 of the Hanoi metro, currently being constructed in the country's capital city.

The €265m contract has been signed between Hanoi's Metropolitan Railway Management Board (MRB) and a French consortium, comprising Alstom, Thales and Colas Rail.

Being the first of five routes developed under the Hanoi metro project, the 12.5km Line 3 will help reduce congestion, as well as enhance road safety and public health in the city through emissions reductions.

Under the deal, Thales will supply the entire range of train to track communication systems, in addition to a line command and control centre for traffic management, energy distribution, video surveillance, passenger data, and telephone services.

"The project will significantly improve daily mobility opportunities for Hanoi’s citizens, reduce congestion and improve the city’s environmental performance."

Thales Vietnam country director Massimo Marinzi said: “Thales is delighted to be taking part in this major project, which will significantly improve daily mobility opportunities for Hanoi's citizens, reduce congestion and improve the city's environmental performance.

“To serve the urban transport market, Thales combines proven expertise in telecommunications and command and control systems with the capabilities of rolling stock manufacturers to provide operators or city authorities with the turnkey solutions they require to run environmentally responsible public transport systems.”

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Hanoi metro Line 3 is slated to be operational at the end of 2021, while other four metro lines are scheduled to be built by 2030.

Once operational, the metro line will travel through 12 stations and connecting the west of the city to its south.