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Traffic becomes heavy during holiday

Traffic becomes heavy during holiday

Traffic on Taiwan's major freeways was heavy yesterday as expected, with many getting away for the five-day break that started with the Moon Festival.
According to National Freeway Bureau statistics, 395,000 cars motored on the country's two major freeways midnight to 6 a.m. yesterday, slightly higher than the 380,300 cars that used freeways during the same time over the Chinese New Year break, and three-times higher than the normal traffic flow.
Another 415,000 cars hit those freeways between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., greatly reducing traveling speeds.
On the No. 1 National Freeway, southbound vehicles moved at a snail-like pace of 20 kilometers per hour from Linkou to Neili early in the morning, improving to 30-40 kilometers per hour after noon.
The National Freeway Bureau had hoped the situation would improve later in the day, but as of 6 p.m. southbound cars were still traveling at only 40-50 kilometers per hour.
Traffic on National Highway No. 3 was congested as well, with vehicles traveling southbound moving at less than 40 kilometers per hour from Ankeng to Jhonghe and Tucheng to Longtan.
As for National Highway No. 5 going from Taipei to Yilan County, cars traveling in southbound lanes moved at a speed of 30-40 kilometers from Shihding to Pinglin yesterday morning.
Transportation Minister Tsai Duei, after checking on traffic conditions yesterday, said the holiday congestion was concentrated in specific areas, especially tourist destinations, as a large number of people were leaving Taipei for the Moon Festival holidays.
Tsai also noted that a substantial number of passengers were waiting at Taipei's Songshan Airport for empty seats on flights out of the capital. Tsai said the domestic airport promised to offer more flights to get passengers to where they wanted to go.
Meanwhile, cars will not be allowed to enter the popular scenic spot of Chingtienkang of Yangmingshan National Park today.
People are advised to take buses to get there, using public buses 260, 230 and Red 5 to take tourists to the recreational areas.


Updated : 2021-05-19 11:17 GMT+08:00