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Inbound traffic freezes Hanoi highways on last day of New Year holiday weekend

Monday, January 04, 2021, 17:05 GMT+7
Inbound traffic freezes Hanoi highways on last day of New Year holiday weekend
Congested traffic is seen on an entrance road leading to Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Droves of Hanoi residents returning from their three-day New Year holiday caused heavy congestion on entrance roads leading to the capital city on Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, entrances to downtown Hanoi all experienced jams, with vehicles stuck in slow-moving flows caused by the overwhelming influx of inbound traffic after the holiday, according to the observation of Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters.

An eight-kilometer delay was seen starting from the Ring Road 3 intersection to the Ngu Hiep District segment of Phap Van – Cau Gie Expressway at around 4:00 pm on Sunday.

Congested traffic is seen on Phap Van frontage road, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congested traffic is seen on the Phap Van frontage road, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, the intersection between the Phap Van – Cau Gie Expressway and the Phap Van frontage road saw chaotic traffic due to the large volume of vehicles trying to depart the highway.

Traffic police were promptly mobilized to direct traffic and handle congestion at the intersection.

In a discussion with Tuoi Tre, Dinh Van Son, a traffic police officer on duty at the Phap Van - Cau Gie Expressway, pointed out that the profuse volume of traffic from all surrounding provinces to Hanoi caused a bottleneck situation on entrance expressways.

Also on Phap Van – Cau Gie Expressway, many inter-provincial buses were seen stopping on the side of the road to drop off passengers, many of whom jumped the fences and walked toward the frontage road to catch a xe om, or motorbike taxi, home.

“Our unit has mobilized 100 percent of its manpower from the early afternoon, directing and guiding vehicles to help commuters get through easier,” Son said.

A traffic police officer is seen orchestrating traffic on a road in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A traffic police officer is seen orchestrating traffic on a road in Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The situation was similar on Vo Chi Cong Street, which connects Nhat Tan Street to central Hanoi.

As streams of traffic flowed in from outside of Hanoi, the line of delay stretched kilometers, causing vehicles to slowly creep through.

Despite all five lanes operating, motorbikes on Vo Chi Cong Street were still stuck in the lanes mixed with cars.

In the meantime, traffic heading toward Hanoi on Thang Long Highway also struggled to crawl through congestion.

Scores of residents heading back from surrounding provinces crammed Giap Bat and Nuoc Ngam Bus Stations, as well as nearby Giai Phong Street and Ngoc Hoi Street.

After disembarking the buses, passengers at the front gate of Giap Bat Bus Station were seen spilling onto Giai Phong Street, trying to book a ride home, which exacerbated the traffic.

A bus passenger is seen dropped off on the side of an expressway in Hanoi. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

A bus passenger is seen dropped off on the side of an expressway in Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congested traffic is seen on an entrance road to Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congested traffic is seen on an entrance road leading to Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The entrance of Giap Bat Bus Station is crammed with passengers, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The entrance of Giap Bat Bus Station is crammed with passengers, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congested traffic is seen on Giai Phong Street of Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congested traffic is seen on Giai Phong Street of Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Busy traffic is seen on Vo Chi Cong Street of Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Busy traffic is shown on Vo Chi Cong Street of Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congested traffic is seen on Thang Long Highway of Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Congested traffic is pictured on Thang Long Highway of Hanoi, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Fresh produce is loaded on a motorbike heading to Hanoi after New Year’s holiday weekend, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

Fresh produce is loaded on a motorbike heading to Hanoi after the New Year holiday weekend, January 3, 2021. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

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