Hanoi alters bus routes, eases traffic hinh anh 1Traffic congestion on Kim Nguu street in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - The Hanoi Department of Transport works to reduce the number of buses on roads where construction sites are located, to ease traffic congestion during rush hours, from November 14.

Ha Huy Quang, director of the department said that on Nguyen Trai Street, bus numbers 02 and 22 run seven minutes per route instead of five, while bus numbers 21, 27 and 39, run every ten minutes instead of eight.

Nguyen Trai-Ha Dong is a busy road in the city with 10 operating bus routes and 9,500 passengers every hour in peak traffic time. The adjustment cuts down 25 percent of bus numbers on the road, Quang said.

Bus routes 05, 16A, 16B, and 27, in addition to 34, 35, and 49, take alternate routes to avoid entering Xuan Thuy, Cau Giay streets and Mai Dich-Ho Tung Mau flyover.

The measure helps decrease 24 bus trips every rush hour, or equivalent to 46 percent.

The adjustment in bus frequency and routes would affect the travelling demands of residents but lessen traffic congestion, Director of the Hanoi Urban Traffic Management and Operation Centre Nguyen Hong Hai said.

The measures remains until barriers at the constructions sites are removed, he said.

To ease traffic jams during year-end months, Vu Van Vien, director of the municipal Department of Transport, said that the transport sector is focusing on reviewing and repairing degraded roads and pavements.

The department will make inspections on barriers at construction sites and punish violations with regard to areas and construction time, he said.-VNA