​Congestion lurks at Ho Chi Minh City entrances ahead of Lunar New Year

As the risk of traffic congestion is expected to increase significantly ahead of the Lunar New Year (Tet), traffic police units in Ho Chi Minh City are preparing to cope with the situation, especially at the city’s entrances. Local authorities anticipate that over one million bus passengers and hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists will leave the southern metropolis for destinations in the Mekong Delta and southeast region for the national holiday, placing extreme traffic pressure on major routes. A similar situation is also expected at the end of the festive period, when people rush back to the city for work. The Lunar New Year begins on February 16 but preparation and celebration often take place one week before and after the date. Nguyen Ngoc Thua, director of the Mien Tay (Western) Bus Station, expressed concern over potential disorder at the facility during peak periods surrounding the holiday. To prepare for all scenarios, the bus station has asked competent authorities to allow transport businesses to be proactive in preparing additional high-quality buses to meet the rising demand. Nguyen Hoang Huy, director of the Mien Dong (Eastern) Bus Station, stated that he has mobilized around the clock personnel to ensure traffic safety and order within the venue. If congestion occurs on nearby streets, employees at the facility will coordinate with traffic police to curb the situation, Huy added. The Mien Tay Bus Station, located in Binh Tan District, accommodates buses traveling to localities in the Mekong Delta, while the Mien Dong, situated… [Read full story]

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