|The stretch of National Highway 1, about 170km long, runs through Hà Nội and Bắc Ninh, Bắc Giang and Lạng Sơn. — Photo petrotimes.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Vehicles would be banned from using National Highway 1 from Hà Nội to Đồng Đăng Town in the northern province of Lạng Sơn from 8am to 5pm on Saturday, the Directorate for Roads of Việt Nam and Traffic Police Department announced on Friday.
From 1am to 5pm, trucks with loads of over 10 tonnes and coaches with more than nine seats must also use alternative routes.
On the section of National Highway 18 from Bắc Ninh to Nội Bài Airport, such vehicles would also be banned from 2pm to 5pm from the direction of the Bắc Ninh and Võ Nguyên Giáp interchanges.
The decision is believed to be related to the departure of Chairman of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Kim Jong Un who is on an official visit to Việt Nam.
According to Yonhap, the chairman planned to head home from Hà Nội on Saturday morning, earlier than initially scheduled.
He plans to leave for a border train station in Đồng Đăng Town at around 10am Saturday, wrapping up his two-day official visit.
Việt Nam’s Foreign Ministry had earlier said Kim would head back to Pyongyang on Saturday afternoon. — VNS