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Nicosia tram study ready ‘soon’

The tram system will not be competing with bus services according to Transport Minister Marios Demetriades

By George Psyllides

THE study into the development of a tram system in Nicosia will be ready in around three months, Transport Minister Marios Demetriades said yesterday.

Demetriades said his ministry was looking into developing public transport further by adding more means.

“With a population close to 250,000, Nicosia is a medium size city and as such it could be served by a mix transport system,” he told the audience at an event hosted by the institute of the environment and sustainable growth.

The bus could be the basis, the minister said, but busier areas could be served by a bus rapid transit (BRT) or a tram system.

Nicosia’s local authorities support the possibility of a tram system positively provided it is proven viable, Demetriades said.

Buses and trams will not be competing between them, he said.

“This first thing we must explore is whether the tram is financially viable and if so, whether such an investment will best serve the needs of the city and its people,” he said.

The initial investment will be quite big but the benefits even bigger, the minister added. If it can be assumed by private investors then there must not be any hesitation to proceed.

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