Tue, Feb 08, 2011 - Page 1 News List

Traffic eases on final day of holiday

WHAT GOES UP:A Uni Airways flight from Kaohsiung to Kinmen had to make a sudden unscheduled landing in Penghu because a warning light for an engine went off

By Rich Chang  /  Staff Reporter

Traffic flowed relatively smoothly on and freeways nationwide yesterday, on the final day of the Lunar New Year holiday, the National Freeway Bureau reported.

To ease traffic on the final day of the holiday, the bureau closed toll booths from midnight to 7am yesterday.

Bureau statistics showed that about 440,000 vehicles took to the freeways between midnight and 7am, while about 810,000 drove on freeways before noon, 160,000 less than the same period on Sunday.

It appeared that most people traveled on the roads before yesterday. As a result, there was little heavy highway congestion on the last day of the holiday, the bureau said.

According to the bureau, the average travel time on Freeway No. 1 from Greater Kaohsiung to Taipei yesterday was approximately five hours, almost the same amount of time as on a non-holiday.

Traffic appeared to be a bit more congested on Freeway No. 1 on northbound sections between Greater Taichung and the Taya Interchange in the morning, the bureau said.

In the afternoon, there was heavy traffic on northbound sections of the freeway between the Changhua and Puyan interchanges.

Freeway No. 5, connecting Taipei and Yilan County, was also highly congested yesterday, the bureau said.

In related news, a Uni Airways (立榮航空) flight from Greater Kaohsiung to Kinmen made an unscheduled landing in Penghu at 9:10am yesterday after a warning light for an engine went off during the flight. There were no injuries to the 39 passengers on board.

The airline dispatched another plane to take the passengers back to Kinmen at 10:30am.

Uni Airways said it was still investigating the incident.

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