Cyprus Mail

No changes to Kallipoleos until next year, says minister

Former Transport Minister Marios Demetriades

AMIDST complaints by shopkeepers and residents about the planned one-way system on Kallipoleos Avenue in Nicosia, Transport Minister Marios Demetriades announced yesterday there would be no changes until 2016.

Shopkeepers and local residents are afraid that that the new system will affect business.

“The one-way system will be based on the sustainable mobility plan prepared for Nicosia,” Demetriades explained.

“Every time there are one-way systems there are the same complaints. We are ready to enter a dialogue with anyone who reacts, but on the other hand it should be for the good of the whole city,” he added in a statement to the press.

The medium to long-term plan is that Kallipoleos will be one-way south bound from Ayios Antonis market to the technical school, whereas Makarios Avenue will by running north bound from the Hilton to the city centre. This plan has been in place since 2010, but delayed by the financial crisis.

Now, new funds have been made available by the EU and thus the first part of the mobility plan will start this year. However, the minister pointed out in his statement that the introduction of a one-way system in Kallipoleos will be part of next year’s works.

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