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November 08 , 2021

Motorbike-clogged Hanoi rolls out first urban railway

Straits Times (AFP) 
November 6, 2021 (Hanoi, Vietnam)

 It is a city of more than five million motorbikes, but Hanoi on Saturday (Nov 6) opened its first ever urban railway line as the authorities try to cut traffic and pollution that have long dogged the Vietnamese capital.

After years of delays and a near-doubling of construction costs, a train eased out of Cat Linh station, close to the centre of the city, to begin its 13km journey towards the densely populated east.

"I decided to give this a try because I was curious," Ms Nguyen Thi Thu told AFP inside a busy carriage of the Chinese-made train. "I am very happy to be able to take a ride after all the postponements."

Other passengers showed up early to strike a pose in front of the shiny new train, while young children on board stared in wonder out of large windows at the Hanoi skyline rushing past.

The buzzing capital of nine million people is known the world over for its dense crowds of motorbikes that fill the city's streets and make life perilous for pedestrians attempting to cross.

The number of bikes on the roads has soared from two million in 2008 to 5.7 million last year, according to the police.


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