Land area for transport projects to be expanded
In order to accomodate the rapidly increasing strain on the transport system, the decision for urban transport planning to 2030 with view to 2050 has been approved, and will include a total land area of over 30 hectares.
Nine 6-8 lanes highways will be constructed parallel to national highways. Avenue Thang Long will be upgraded to urban highways. National highways leading into the city centre will be widened to 4-6 lanes.
Four roads to connect the city centre with satellite urban areas and 27 roads connecting the city to other provinces will also be built.
Inside the city, expressways, overpasses and junctions will be constructed or upgraded, with the total length estimated to be over 620 kilometres. The junctions with the heaviest traffic will be prioritised.
Under the plan, Hanoi is to have 16 bridges crossing the Red River, four of which have already been built and two more are in the process. Ten more bridges planned for construction, along with an upgrade to Long Bien Bridge.
The total number of railroads leading into the city will be increased to 13.
Noi Bai Air Port will be expanded to receive 20-25 million passengers and 260,000 tonnes of cargo each year by 2020, and 35-50 million passengers and 500,000 tonnes of cargo by 2050. Another international airport is expected to be built in Tien Lang District, Hai Phong City.
The city will build 80 parking lots in the centre of Hanoi and rebuild passenger bus parking facilities such as Noi Bai, My Dinh, Giap Bat.
The entire transportation plan is expected to cost VND171trillion (USD8.1 billion) for period 2013-2015, VND437 trillio (USD21 billion) for period 2015-2020, VND359 trillion (USD17 billion) for period 2020-2030 and VND137 trillion (USD6.5 billion) for contructions after 2030.
Buses to be the main form of urban public transportation