Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

By Phuong Son   January 25, 2021 | 03:36 pm GMT+7
Ahead of a Monday preparatory session for the 13th Party Congress, multiple Hanoi streets have been blocked to make way for attending delegates, triggering severe traffic congestion.
Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

Hundreds of vehicles escort delegates attending the 13th Party Congress, carrying them through Tran Phu, Kim Ma, Lieu Giai, Nguyen Chi Thanh and Tran Duy Hung streets to the National Convention Center from 6:30 to 8 a.m. Monday for the congress's preparatory session.

The 13th Party Congress, Vietnam's most important political event, will officially open Tuesday and last nine days, during which new leaders would be selected to head the Party, state, government, and National Assembly for the next five years, besides finalizing socio-economic development policies for 2021-25 and orientations until 2030 with a vision toward 2045.

Hanoi has imposed traffic restrictions on 25 downtown streets from Jan. 24 to Feb. 2 as a security measure, with trucks with a capacity of 500 kilograms or above and mini buses with 24 seats or more banned from certain streets.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

Just an hour prior, thousands of police officers were stationed at multiple traffic intersections to prepare for the convoy.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

The convoy’s presence at rush hour saw traffic along Lieu Giai, Kim Ma and Nguyen Chi Thanh streets grind to a halt for about 20 minutes.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

Even parents taking their children to school were stopped to make way for the delegates.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

At around 7:45 a.m., when delegates reached the National Convention Center, traffic routes were unblocked. But due to the sheer number of vehicles on the road in the morning, traffic remained congested for two to three hours.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

Traffic slows to a crawl at around 9 a.m.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

Motorbikes were virtually stuck for 30 minutes before they could reach major roads.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

At around 11 a.m., traffic on Pham Hung Street, situated near a gate into the National Convention Center, is chronically congested.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

Some motorbikes had to get onto the pavement to navigate the mess.

While road blockages were communicated to the public several days prior, traffic congestion is inevitable at rush hour, according to the Hanoi traffic police department.

Hanoians stuck in traffic amid Party Congress road blocks

Several drivers got out of their vehicles on an overpass from Mai Dich to Pham Hung amid traffic congestion. Only at around 11:30 a.m. did conditions return to normalcy.

 
 
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