A real-time traffic control system intended to increase road safety and security is set to launch before the end of the year, the Public Works Department (PWD) confirmed on Monday.
Speaking after a presentation of the project, Communications Minister Tasos Mitsopoulos said the system will first be implemented in Nicosia with a view of extending it to other cities and towns if deemed successful.
“This system is being implemented as part of Cyprus’ efforts to digitise transport. It has many benefits for drivers and it is just the beginning of a series of scheduled initiatives.”
According to the presentation, the high-tech network uses a camera system in combination with other technologies to accumulate road data which is then made available to the public.
“The system will have the ability to display bus times and schedules and allow members of the public to purchase and cancel tickets,” said Mit sopoulos.
He added that the system will also increase comfort and convenience for drivers by recommending reliable routes, giving estimated journey times and availability in municipal parking lots.
“The aim is to make travelling for residents more convenient whether they are using public transport or private cars.”
Asked if the government intends to promote the use of electric and environmentally friendly cars Mitsopoulos said this is something the ministry is examining.
“There are plans to promote the systematic use of electric cars as this is one of our obligations towards the European Union’s goal to reduce greenhouse emissions.”
Data from the traffic control system will be managed at a central station in the capital and made available online.
According to the PWD, 80% of the project will be financed by the EU’s regional Development fund and the remainder by the governments of Cyprus and Greece.
Although the system is largely automated specially trained staff will also man the central station at certain times during the day.