Initial indications from a study to determine the feasibility of a tram system in Nicosia show that the project is viable, Communications Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos said yesterday.
He met Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis and technical advisors who are conducting a viability study on trams.
The minister said that the first indications are encouraging and confirm the political decision made by the government to go ahead with the project.
“The tram is a system which upgrades and complements the existing system of public passenger transportation, a system which is accessible and friendly to the environment, friendly towards our cities. This is what international and European experience has proven,” Mitsopoulos said.
The minister added however that the study is in its initial stages and that the government is waiting for its completion before decisions can be made on the next steps.
Yiorkadjis confirmed that the preliminary results are positive and revealed that the final study is expected at the end of the year.
“The aim of Europe for 2020 is for our cities to become viable. To do that we need a reliable and efficient system of public transport; the tram is part of that system but before we move on with implementation we are correctly carrying out a viability study,” the mayor said.
Yiorkadjis also thanked the minister for the opportunity to exchange views on the study to create a first ever tram system for the capital.