The Vietnamese Government has decided to strongly develop the country’s transport infrastructure system in the coming years, especially highway projects, to promote socio-economic development and reduce traffic jams and accidents.

Officials from the Ministry of Transport told participants at the 7th Vietnam’s highway construction seminar co-organised by Vietnam and Japan in Hanoi on December 5.

Accordingly, Vietnam will implement 22 projects to build highway routes with a total length of 1,851 kilometres during 2013-2020, including some sections in the North- South route and some highway roads in the South and other routes.

After 2020, construction will be continued with a total length of about 4,000 kilometres.

At the seminar, the Japanese side shared its experiences in operating, managing and maintaining highway system as well as measures on mobilising capital for the field.

The Vietnam Department of Railway has recently asked the Ministry of Transport to approve its plan for building Sai Gon-Loc Ninh railway route from Di An town of the southern province of Binh Duong to the Hoa Lu Border Gate in Southern Tay Ninh province.

The project value is estimated at about 20.9 trillion VND (982.3 million USD). The route, which will allow trains to run at 120km per hour, will include 16 stations with a total length of 128 kilometres.-VNA