|Caption: The lounge in Da Nang Railway Station is usually overcrowded. – Photo vov.vn
DA NANG — The central Da Nang City plans to expand its railway station to reduce overcrowding and to provide better services to the passengers.
Vice-head of the station management board Hoang Quoc Tien said the station, which was built in 1902, was not being able to handle the rising number of train passengers travelling to the city.
About 20 trains arrive, depart and pass through the station daily, each carrying about 500 to 600 passengers. There are only five ticket booths there.
However, the railway station was able to handle only about 200 people at a time, Tien said.
He said about 75,000 people visited the city by train daily.
A visitor from Hoi An City, Nguyen Hong Son, said overcrowding was a common problem there, especially during peak time.
Taxi driver Tran Van Do said the number of visitors increased sharply during the summer holidays.
There were also traffic jams when trains arrived or departed, Do said, adding that many people did not have space to stand in the lounge.
Station official Tien said the station had upgraded and installed infrastructure and equipment several times, such as seats and lean-tos outside ticket booths.
Tien said the station was planning to shift all ticket booths to a new building nearby to make room for the expansion of the lounge.
"The expansion is a temporary move," Tien said.
"In the long term, the city plans to shift the railway station to its outskirts," he said.
At a meeting in May, transport minister Dinh La Thang said property giant Vingroup had offered to buy Ha Noi, Sai Gon and Da Nang railway stations and replace them with modern stations elsewhere in the three cities to ease pressure in their downtown areas. — VNS