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Hanoi grapples with traffic jams

Released at: 10:07, 28/10/2015

Hanoi grapples with traffic jams

Meeting hears of efforts made to ease congestion points but more continue to appear.

by Hoang Huong

On October 27 the Hanoi People’s Committee held a meeting with related departments to sum up the program on reducing traffic congestion in the 2012-2015 period and prepare a plan for the 2016-2020 period.

According to Deputy Director of Hanoi Department of Transportation, Mr. Pham Hoang Tuan, the city has introduced solutions to resolve congestion, including completing eleven construction works.

The city has completed all seven planned overpasses and many solutions have been deployed in separating traffic flows to ensure safety during the construction of key projects such as Cat Linh - Ha Dong and Nhon - Hanoi Railway Station urban railway lines, the T2 terminal at Noi Bai International Airport, and others.

In the current period the total budget allocated was VND1.4 trillion ($62.9 million), of which 86.6 per cent has been used on construction.

According to the Hanoi Department of Transport, in 2012 it was estimated there were 89 congestion points in the city and by 2014 55 has been resolved but 12 new points emerged.

Despite the significant reduction in congestion points traffic jams remain due to the speed of socioeconomic development and the rapid rise in the population. It is necessary to develop and implement further programs to reduce congestion for the next phase, from 2016 to 2020.

“Congestion has been addressed but still doesn’t meet requirements,” Deputy Chairman of the People’ Committee, Mr. Nguyen Quoc Hung, said. “The city needs to do more on reducing congestion.”

Accordingly, the program sets a goal of reducing at least 40 congestion points over the next five years and improving 50 roads and 56 interchanges, installing traffic lights, and building bridges and ten pedestrian overpasses in order to ease congestion points.

Mr. Hung also suggested that the program needs to have a plan on moving schools and hospitals and further develop transport infrastructure.

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