The renovated and upgraded transit hub in down-town Nicosia, featuring a new tunnel under Solomou Square, electronic signs showing bus routes, and the restored gardens in the moat, was unveiled on Tuesday.
The project was co-funded by the European Union, the Cyprus government, and the Nicosia municipality with the aim of creating a viable transport system as a “start to an ambitious investment programme in public transport, and the real strengthening of city centres and their viability”, according to Transport minister Marios Demetriades.
In his address to the official opening of the transit hub, delivered by Agriculture minister Nicos Kouyialis, Demetriades said “improving mobility through alternative, environmentally-friendly means, as well as novel approaches to planning and routing in urban areas are key to improving our cities, rendering them healthy, pleasant, and well-organised places to live, work, and visit for recreation or shopping”.
“Acknowledging that economic growth is intrinsically linked with effective transport and communication, the Transport ministry’s policy aims at completing and upgrading existing infrastructure, and meeting added needs through mass-transportation means as much as possible,” the minister said.
The Solomou Square transit hub has been furnished with an electronic system monitoring bus movement and informing passengers via three TFT screens, which show all upcoming bus departures.
The hub also includes four infokiosks with information on bus arrival and departure times, routes, route-planning, and fares.
Additionally, the site features twelve LED screens, one per bus-stop, informing passengers of the next three departing buses, as well as a sound-system for announcements.
“These systems will be linked to existing ones already installed at Solomou Square, so that public-transport users can be informed in real time. Information will be available at each bus-stop across Cyprus, through mobile phones, websites, and projects similar to the one unveiled today.”