Cyprus Mail

Six in ten never set foot on public transport

Public services are among the sectors helped by the EU's social fund.

By Jean Christou

CYPRIOTS have the worst track record for using public transport across the EU with 60 per cent never having stepped on to a public bus and only 7 per cent using them on a regular basis.

According to a new Eurobarometer, only 39 per cent of Cypriots have ever set foot on public transport at least once in their lives. The remainder never have.

More than three-quarters of Europeans have used urban public transport at least once in their lives – 76 per cent.

“Cyprus stands out, in that six in ten respondents in Cyprus never use public transport,” said the Eurobarometer report.

The island is followed but only by a very wide margin by France, where 38 per cent do not use public transport at all. Malta is next on the scale with 37 per cent.

Respondents were most likely to use public transport at least once a week in Hungary at 47 per cent, the Czech Republic at 46 per cent, and Romania at 44 per cent.

Only 7 per cent of respondents in Cyprus said that they use public transport on an almost regular basis, while the corresponding percentage in Greece was 19 per cent and the EU average 16 per cent.

Among the small percentage of Cypriots who are regular users of public transport, the vast majority appeared satisfied with the services on offer.

Nearly half said they were ‘very or fairly satisfied with the ticket prices’ and only 16 per cent said they were ‘fairly or very dissatisfied’.

In terms of punctuality and reliability, nearly two thirds were satisfied and only 14 per cent dissatisfied.

In the EU, 70 per cent are satisfied and 21 per cent dissatisfied with services.

On cleanliness and maintenance of public transport, 67 per cent of Cypriots said they were satisfied. Of those who use the buses, 35 per cent said it was for work, school or university.

Across the EU, slightly less than a third of respondents use public transport at least once a week and more than three quarters are under ten minutes away from their nearest urban public transport station.

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