Traffic jams choke major gateways in Hanoi as holiday begins

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Traffic jams choke major gateways in Hanoi as holiday begins

Vehicles move at a snail’s pace on Giai Phong Street in the direction to Nuoc Ngam Bus Station in Hanoi at 7:00 pm on April 8, 2022. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Severe traffic jams broke out at Hanoi gateways on Friday night as thousands of people rushed to leave the capital city for their three-day national holiday.

Public workers in Vietnam are enjoying three days off from Saturday to Monday to celebrate the Hung Kings Commemoration Day, which falls on April 10 this year.

The waves of holidaymakers and domestic migrant workers leaving for their hometowns started crowding the city gateways at 5:00 pm on Friday after finishing their last working day.

The darker it got, the worse traffic congestion was.

Vehicles crowd Ring Road 3 in the direction to the outskirts of Hanoi at 5:00 pm on April 8, 2022. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre
Vehicles crowd Ring Road 3 in the direction to the outskirts of Hanoi at 5:00 pm on April 8, 2022. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

“It normally took me 30 minutes to reach the expressway, but it almost doubles today,” said Lai Van Thang, a 25-year-old migrant worker from northern Bac Giang Province.

The seemingly-endless lines of vehicles remained moving at a snail’s pace by 7:00 pm on the day.

My Dinh and Giap Bat Bus Stations were in the same situation.

Their management boards estimated that about 6,000 passengers departed from the stations on the holiday.

Passengers are pictured at Giap Bat Bus Station in Hanoi, April 8, 2022. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre
Passengers are pictured at Giap Bat Bus Station in Hanoi, April 8, 2022. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

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