NEW EXPRESSWAY REDUCES HANOI – HALONG TRAVEL TIME BY HALF
The worldwide famous Halong Bay is now only 1.5 hours away from Hanoi thanks to the establishment of the new Halong – Hai Phong Expressway. Open to traffic since September 2, 2018.
After 3 years of construction, the new Expressway Halong – Hai Phong has been officially established since September 2nd, 2018 on the occasion of the 73rd celebration of Vietnam National Day (Independence Day).
The expressway is 24.6 km long, 25 meters wide, consisting of 4 lanes. The vehicles are said to be allowed to drive with the maximum speed of 80 km per hour by driving on this new road. This 13 trillion VND project consists of 02 component projects: the 19.3 km-long highway connecting National Highway 18 – Hanoi-Hai Phong Expressway and Halong – Van Don Expressway in Dai Yen Ward was invested by public budget while the Hai Phong end of the expressway, including Bach Dang Bridge, was constructed using the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. The budget for the first section is 6,400 billion VND, while the latter costs 7,227 billion VND.
The newly established Bach Dang Bridge is 5.4 km long and 25 meters wide, with a 3.5-km span above the river. There are 3 towers shaped like the letter “H”, representing Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Halong.
The new Halong – Hai Phong Expressway will promote connectivity in the triangle of Hanoi – Hai Phong – Halong and open up opportunities for socio-economic development in the area.
The expressway has cut the distance between Hanoi and Ha Long from 180 km to 130 km, and the Ha Long-Hai Phong route from 75 km to 25 km.
As a result, the travel time between Hanoi and Halong has been reduced from 4 hours to only 1.5 hours, theoretically. If counting the break time at the waypoint along the way, it will be 2.5 hours in total.
Ever since the expressway is open to traffic, Margaret Cruises immediately changes their itinerary to fit the new one. All the transferring services of Margaret Cruise will go on the new road, shortening the travel time as well as the tiredness of transiting for clients.