|Last passengers are waiting at the Tam Bac Coach Station. The largest station in northern Hai Phong City has been closed down leaving deep regret among local citizens and passengers. — Photo vnexpress.net
HAI PHONG (VNS) — Tam Bac Coach Station, once the largest station in the centre of the northern coastal Hai Phong City, has been closed down to make way for a green space project.
After several delays, the crowded station was closed at midnight yesterday as part of a city plan to build a park there. Its closure has caused deep regret among local citizens and passengers.
"I have travelled a lot from Hai Phong to Ha Noi, so I have nice memories of the station," said Nguyen Thi Thuy, 38, one of the last passengers to travel from the Hai Phong station to Ha Noi.
While waiting at the station yesterday afternoon, Thuy praised the convenience the station provided to her and many other visitors who wanted to travel from Hai Phong to other cities and provinces, including Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and the coastal tourist city of Ha Long.
Hoang Tu, a passenger from Hai Duong Province, said he was really sad to know the coach station had been closed forever. Tu used to travel from Hai Duong to Hai Phong to visit the nearby Sat Market, where he could find all electronic items that he wanted to purchase.
Hai Phong traffic police officer Tran Trong Van said he was proud to be among the first policemen to work at the coach station and now the last person to leave the station before it was closed down.
Van had worked in the station for 25 years and felt very sorry to leave it.
Hai Phong City People's Committee last month decided to close Tam Bac Coach Station after approving a proposal by the city's transport department to that effect.
Coaches running on the Ha Noi – Hai Phong route will move to other stations in the city, such as Thuong Ly and Niem Nghia Stations.
However, transport firms have complained they would be unable to manage the change at such short notice, Secretary of the municipal People's Committee office Pham Huu Thu said early this month.
Tam Bac Coach Station was built in 1989 at the centre of Hai Phong City. It was located opposite Tam Bac Lake and next to Sat Market, a major market in the city. The location of the station was quite convenient for local residents and visitors to the city.
About 106 coaches were operated on the Ha Noi – Hai Phong route daily and 37 coaches travelled to and from other provinces.
The city planned to close the station four years ago as the coaches reportedly picked up passengers on crowded streets in the inner areas of the city, causing traffic jams and threatening road safety. — VNS