Hanoi reduces traffic congestion

VietNamNet Bridge – Ha Noi has about 35 congestion hotspots and the maximum time spent stuck in traffic has been cut to just 20 minutes.



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A police officer manages traffic flow at an intersection of Giai Phong and Phap Van roads in Ha Noi. The city has about 35 congestion hotspots and the maximum time spent stuck in traffic has been cut to just 20 minutes. – Photo: VNA/VNS



According to Ha Noi’s Transport Department six of the worst spots for traffic were eased in the first six months of the year.

The spots include Lo Duc - Tran Khat Chan - Kim Nguu; Trung Van - To Huu; Chuong Duong Bridge, Trau Quy - National Highway No 5 and a spot near the Vinamilk Factory on National Highway No 5, reported Giao thong (Transport) online newspaper.

A number of streets that suffered standstills of up to an hour, such as Pham Hung, Le Van Luong, Tran Duy Hung, Nga Tu So, Truong Chinh and Cau Giay, now only witnessed traffic jams for 5 – 10 minutes.

Nguyen Van Thai, a taxi driver said, traffic congestion on the Trung Van Intersection currently only lasted about 10-15 minutes.

In the past traffic was brought to a standstill for up to 40 minutes, he added.

“Now it’s much shorter,” he said.

On the two streets of Cau Giay and Xuan Thuy, where the construction site of the Nhon – Ha Noi Station elevated railway is located, road users spent around 1-2 hours between the times of 7-9am and 6:30-7:30pm daily because of heavy traffic, but at present, the time spent stuck was about 10-20 minutes.

Director of the transport department Vu Van Vien said traffic jams often happened in specific spots because of construction sites and the increasing number of private vehicles.

Vien said the city was aware of the problem and was working with relevant agencies to come up with solutions as soon as possible.

At first, the traffic hotspots were classified following the cause of congestion, and then authorised agencies would issue appropriate solutions, he said.

For locations near construction sites, the department asked investors to speed up progress, he said.

Especially, investors of the Cat Linh – Ha Dong Elevated Railway and Nhon – Ha Noi Station Elevated Railway were told to not only speed up construction but also assign staff to direct traffic and minimise trouble for road users, he said.

Ongoing plans

Vien said the department planned to remove another six spots of traffic congestion: La Thanh – Hoang Cau; Hoang Cau – Xa Dan; Nguyen Khang – Cau Giay, Lang – Nguyen Chi Thanh, Moc Brigde – Tam Trinh – Den Lu over the last six months of this year.

In a related move, the Ha Noi People’s Committee said the city would issue a set of solutions to bring traffic congestion under control. The solutions include improving the capacity of public transport and limiting private vehicles.

Ha Noi is also scheduled to invest US$31 billion in improving the capacity of public transport by 2030. The city is developing a public transport system, which by 2020 will be able to serve the needs of 30 to 35 per cent of citizens in the inner city and 15 per cent of citizens in satellite cities. By 2030, it will be able to serve the demands of 50 to 55 per cent of people in the inner city and of 40 per cent in the satellite cities.

Additionally, on July 4 the city People’s Council approved a project of private vehicle management in 2017-20, with a vision towards 2030.

Data from the transport department showed that the city now has about 5.2 million motorbikes and 500,000 cars. 

VNS

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