When finally completed, the Bến Thành metro hub in Saigon’s District 1 figures to become a beating heart of the city’s transport as well as commerce, or so at least it follows from renderings recently released by MAUR, the Management Authority for Urban Railways.
Planned as both a transportation hub and a sprawling shopping centre, the Bến Thành Station is to stretch underground between Bến Thành and the Lê Lợi – Nguyễn Huệ intersection, and it will be accessible via six different entrances in the area. It will have four levels below the ground, with train platforms on the second and fourth floor. The hub will serve as an interchange for two lines running between Saigon’s east and west, Line 1 and Line 3A, as well as for Line 4, which will run across the city north – south.
The Hồ Chí Minh City Metro is to start carrying passengers in 2021, with Line 1 scheduled for completion by the end of next year – after a seemingly never-ending series of setbacks postponed the completion date a few times. When it arrives, the Bến Thành – Suối Tiên Metro Line 1 will run between a total of 14 stations and is widely expected to alleviate the growing problem of traffic congestion in the city. Next year will also mark the beginning of the construction of Line 2 between Suối Tiên and Tham Lương, reportedly due by 2026.
In the meantime, we can all feast our eyes on the promising renderings of the Bến Thành Station as provided by MAUR: