Hanoi invests more in transport infrastructure

By VNA   August 20, 2023 | 11:12 pm PT
Hanoi invests more in transport infrastructure
Traffic gridlock on Nguyen Trai Street of Hanoi, June 12, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh
Hanoi has focused resources on infrastructure construction, especially transport infrastructure, with many important projects rolled out and put into service, contributing to easing traffic congestion in the capital city.

The investment aims to accelerate urbanization and spur economic growth of Hanoi and the capital region, 15 years after expanding the city’s administrative boundaries.

Among the transport projects put in place over the past 15 years are the nearly 30-km Thang Long Boulevard opened to traffic on September 25, 2010, connecting Hanoi’s center and its western gateway, and the 13.05 km Cat Linh-Ha Dong metro line operational since November 6, 2021.

The Phap Van-Cau Gie route received the green light to be upgraded to an expressway as part of the eastern wing of the North-South Expressway in 2013.

Alongside numerous roads, bridges, tunnels and intersections have also been constructed.

Deputy Director of the municipal Department of Transport Tran Huu Bao pointed out that the number of personnel vehicles is increasing sharply in Hanoi given limited routes, leading to serious traffic congestion.

By 2030, Hanoi will strive to complete expressways, highways, radial roads, provincial roads and belt roads, including seven belt roads linking the city and provinces, as well as its center and satellite urban areas.

Currently, Hanoi has seven radial roads with a total length of 111.32 km running through the city, along with eight radial national highways with a total length of 244.58 km. Meanwhile, the construction of 132.26 km out of the planned 285.46 km of seven ring roads has been completed.

The city has also paid great attention to public transportation. As of July 2023, the bus public transport network in Hanoi had had 154 routes, with 2,279 vehicles. In 2022, the volume of public passenger transport by bus reached 340 million passengers, of which 334 million passengers used subsidized buses.

Vice Director of the Public Transport Management Center of Hanoi Thai Ho Phuong said that currently, the bus transport network of Hanoi has reached all 30 districts and townships, and 512 out of 579 communes, wards and towns as well as seven nearby localities.

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