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Hanoi, HCM City stations ready for holiday exodus

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Managers of Ho Chi Minh City's Mien Dong East Bound Bus Station and Hanoi Railway Station said there would be enough coaches and trains to transport workers during the Tet festival.

"We guarantee that workers will not have to desperately wait to buy tickets," vice director of the Mien Dong station Thuong Thanh Hai said.

In addition, the station would deploy extra buses to meet the high travel demand during the coming holiday as workers return to their hometowns, Hai added.

Thousands of passengers have flocked to the station since the beginning of this month to buy tickets to their hometowns, which caused overcrowding at the station.

Nguyen Thi Hau, a worker from the Linh Trung Export Processing Zone, had to queue from early morning till afternoon on December 14 for a ticket to her hometown in central Quang Ngai province. "Many people were even unable to buy tickets", she said.

According to Hai, the situation resulted from people being hasty.

He explained that tickets for Tet, recently sold to passengers, only belonged to some travel enterprises and, in fact, many enterprises have not begun selling tickets. "The overcrowding would not occur if all enterprises sold tickets at the same time," Hai stressed.

According to the station's regulations, travel businesses are not allowed to raise fares on coaches by over 40 per cent for departure before January 23, or over 60 per cent for coaches for departures on January 24 and the days following that.

Passengers can search for details about ticket fares at and inform the station in case of finding violations, Hai said.

The station is expected to receive around 45,000 passengers per day during peak periods, which is nearly equal to the amount during the same period last year, he said.

Similarly, the Hanoi Railway Station has reported moderate amounts of tickets sold or ordered so far this season.

Vice head of the station Phung Thi Ly Ha said the station currently had over 9,000 tickets for trains running from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi before Tet, and nearly 19,000 tickets for the return journey after the holiday.

The station has also taken action to discover and combat violations involving ticket prices, such as installing a large screen in ticket selling areas to provide passengers with clear information about prices, Ha said.

She also advised passengers to purchase tickets directly from the station staff to avoid those illegally selling tickets.

In order to ensure travel safety during Tet holidays, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc recently asked the Ministry of Transport to strengthen inspections of passenger carrying vehicles to prevent illegal increases of ticket fares.-VNA
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