Transport Minister outlines development direction in road, rail, and air transport.
Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang presented an address on transportation development to National Party Congress XII on January 22. The key features are to boost the fight against corruption in the sector, enhance the capacity of transport investors, accelerate administrative reform, and aim at satisfying the community.
The basic targets in developing traffic infrastructure in the 2016-2020 period is not only upgrading existing expressways but reaching the target of having 2,000 km of expressways by 2020.
Railways are also in need of improvement, with priority given to the North-South railway line and lines such as Yen Vien (in Hanoi’s Gia Lam district) - Lao Cai province, Gia Lam district - Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang, and Lao Cai - Hanoi - Hai Phong. The speed of passenger trains is targeted to average from 80 to 90 km/h while goods trains are to average 50 to 60 km/h. Routes such as Hanoi - Vinh city, Ho Chi Minh City - Nha Trang, and Lao Cai - Hanoi - Hai Phong city are expected to average speeds from 160 to 200 km/h. The upgrading of facilities aboard trains is also being considered.
Plans to build new roads are being researched, the Minister said, in particular those where there is major demand, such as on north-south routes.
In the aviation sector, international airports will be upgraded and capacity lifted to 100 million passengers per year, a 1.5-fold increase compared to 2015.
The Long Thang International Airport is to be completed by 2023, two years earlier than the National Assembly’s expectation. Airports such as Van Don, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, and Na San will receive investment, and additional domestic and international routes will be opened.
He concluded by saying he hopes the Central Committee of the Communist Party XII will adopt resolutions to push infrastructure development forward.