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New trees, wider pavements on one of Nicosia’s busiest streets

Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos (centre) and Nicosia mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis (left)

Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos and Nicosia mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis on Thursday officially inaugurated the revamped Kyriacou Matsi avenue, one of the most important, busiest streets in the capital.

A statement released by the Nicosia municipality called the revamp “an extremely important project, which will change the face of the city”.

“The revamp will improve the safety, the functionality and the aesthetics of the busy avenue, while, at the same time, improving its environmental face thanks to over 90 new trees and ornamental plants along the road,” the statement said.

It said that the lighting system had also been upgraded, pavements on the entire road have been widened in order to facilitate pedestrians and 25 new parking places have been created.

“The revamp is a big step forward for Nicosia as it concerns a road that has had problems for decades and was unsafe for both motorists and pedestrians,” said Yiorkadjis, who also praised the increased accessibility for disabled people.

“Nicosia is changing. It is becoming more beautiful, more functional, more accessible,” the mayor said.

Karousos said that the Kyriacou Matsi revamp represents a perfect example “of a sustainable mobility project”.

“I want to congratulate the Nicosia municipality for having successfully completed such an ambitious plan that will greatly improve the outlook of the entire capital,” he said.

He also said that the study for the new Nicosia mobility plan is in its final phase of evaluation, adding that its main objective is strengthen the capital’s public transport service.

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