HA NOI – The Viet Nam Railway Corporation has set a target of transporting more than one hundred of the containers from northern Hai Phong Port to outside provinces by rail by 2013.
The goal is included in the corporation's two phase-plan to carry containers by trains rather than trucks to ease the burden on roads, particularly national highways which have been seriously damaged by container transportation.
In the first phase starting this year, trains will carry overweight containers and 40ft containers from Hai Phong Port to Ha Noi and the northern province of Lao Cai. The work is presently carried out by trucks running on Highway 5 and 70.
By carrying 100 40ft-containers and 35 20 ft-containers per day, trains will remove hundreds of lorries from the national highways.
The cost of train transportation on routes over 400km are much lower than that of road transport.
In the second phase of the plan in 2014-15, the corporation will transport containers via other train routes.
The plan is supposed to contribute to traffic safety on the highways. – VNS