Police and bus terminal managers are working
together to tackle traffic congestion which is likely to become a serious
problem at coach stations and highways on Viet Nam National Day tomorrow,
On the annual National Day, the number of passengers flocking to terminals in Ha
Noi increases by 50-100 per cent, said deputy director of the Ha Noi Terminal
Management Company Nguyen Cong Bang.
As in previous years, serious traffic jams are expected on national highways
leading into the city, including Giai Phong-Phap Van, Pham Hung and Nguyen Van
Linh, due to the sudden rise in the number of people returning home to enjoy the
four-day holiday or travelling, he said.
"The problem is compounded by the number of people who use unlicensed coaches,
rather than boarding at the terminal," Bang said.
Nguyen Duc Hung, who lives near My Dinh Coach Terminal said that after leaving
the terminal, many coaches cruise along Pham Hung Street looking for more
passengers, causing traffic jams and even accidents.
Bang said to address the issue, the Ha Noi Terminal Management Company is
putting on 105 more coaches to serve passengers, especially on routes to
northern provinces including Thanh Hoa, Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh and Hai Phong.
The company also instructed bus terminal staff to increase inspections to stop
coach assistants fighting over passengers, he said.
"We are determined to prevent overloaded and substandard coaches from leaving
the terminals," Bang added.
The company will also work with police to punish unlicensed coach operators.
Nguyen Hong Thai, a traffic policeman of the Ha Noi Police said they had been
all mobilised to keep public order on the holiday, especially on the main
highways leading into the capital.
Inter-provincial coach stations, railway stations and bus stations in HCM
City are preparing for the upcoming National Day holiday period by adding more
Nguyen Ngoc Thua, director of the Mien Dong Coach Station, said some
25,000-26,000 people would be using his service today, an increase of 23 per
cent against normal days and 8 per cent compared to last year’s National Day
The number of coaches at the station would be increased by 7 per cent, and
inner-city buses would be used to run inter-provincial routes in case demand
cannot be met.
Ticket prices to popular tourism localities, including Nha Trang, Phan Thiet in
the central region and Vung Tau, will go up 30 per cent compared to normal.
"The price hikes are not higher than last year’s National Day holiday prices,"
The Mien Tay Coach Station has estimated that the number of passengers
travelling to Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta provinces would increase by 5 per cent
against last year’s holiday period.
On Sept 1-2, which are the peak days of the holiday, the station is expected to
serve about 20,000-22,000 passengers a day.
On these days, the station will sell tickets from 3:30am to 10pm for passengers
and add more coach trips for routes to Tien Giang, Ben Tre, Tra Vinh, Dong Thap,
An Giang and Ca Mau provinces and Can Tho City.
The HCM City Public Passenger Transport Management and Operation Centre will
increase by 2,000 the number of bus trips on 20 routes to popular entertainment
places and inter-provincial coach stations, including Dam Sen and Suoi Tien
The Sai Gon Railway Station will also add two more train trips on the HCM City-Nha
Trang route beginning on September 1.
The number of people who have bought train tickets for the holiday period has
increased by 20-30 per cent compared to last year, according to the Sai Gon