Difficulties facing new work hours
12:44 01/02/2012
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More than two million residents in the capital city began their new work hours on February 1 following a Government decision to stagger school and work start times in a bid to ease traffic congestion during rush hours.

However, the new daily routine is causing difficulties for many students and workers.

Office workers, school teachers and kindergarten, elementary, middle, high school and university students are subject to the time adjustments.

High school and higher education students now start their day at 6.30am and finish at 7.30pm; kindergartens, primary and secondary schools start at 8am and finish at 5pm; while workers at trade centres start at 9am and end at 7pm.

Nguyen Hiep Thong, deputy director of the city"s Education and Training Department, said teachers may find the new hours problematic, as their working day has become one to two hours longer.

During the next two weeks, the Department will send inspectors to schools and universities to monitor the implementation of the new schedules. If necessary, they will be adjusted further, he said.

Meanwhile, the city"s Transport Department and other relevant agencies plan to support commuters on their way to work.

Transport Department director Nguyen Quoc Hung said the number of buses during peak hours has been increased, while new express bus services have also been established to serve students in the early morning and late evening.

The city police also plan to redirect traffic and adjust traffic light systems to improve transport for residents.

Along with the time adjustment, Ha Noi has implemented a project to divide more streets into separate lanes for cars and motorbikes, aiming to ease traffic jams.

According to the Transport Department, nearly four million motorbikes, one million bicycles and more than 500,000 automobiles are on the city"s streets each day, while public transport only meets 9 percent of local transport demands.

Land for the city"s traffic infrastructure now accounts for only 7-8 per cent of the total urban area while according to research, 20-26 percent is needed to construct modern infrastructure capable of handling the city"s traffic.

Source VOV

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