All Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City train services will resume soon, more than three months after a railway bridge in southern Vietnam collapsed, forcing passengers to take bus detours to avoid the disrupted section.

Repair work on the Ghenh Bridge, which collapsed on March 20 after being struck by a vessel, will complete on June 26, the national train operator Vietnam Railways said in a statement on Monday

The bridge is situated between Binh Duong Province’s Di An Station and Dong Nai Province’s Bien Hoa Station. Currently, train passengers have to be transferred by buses between the two stations

From June 26, all services through the section will be resumed. From June 26-30, all trains will depart at Saigon Railway Station one hour later than the departure time printed in the tickets because passengers will not take bus detours as at present, said the statement.

Vietnam Railways has also announced new services for the summer, including four daily trains between Nha Trang and HCMC, and four between Phan Thiet and HCMC

Meanwhile, police are still investigating the barge owner Phan The Thuong and two others who were responsible for the collapse. There were no casualties in the incident

Their tugboat, towing a barge, was reportedly cruising downstream the Dong Nai River when the engine broke down, they said

The bridge collapse has affected traffic on the north-south route. The number of passengers fell around 20 percent, causing a revenue loss of hundreds of millions of dong a month, according to Vietnam Railways.

By Pham Huu - Thanh Nien News - June 14, 2016