Two central Nicosia arteries, Kallipoleos and Makariou Avenues, are set to become one-way streets as part of efforts to improve the capital's image and after a number of other plans have had to be shelved because of the economic crisis.
Police objected to the proposal, but they were overruled by authorities who gave the green light.
Traffic on Makarious Avenue will travel northwards (from Hilton to the city centre) and move south on Kallipoleos (from Ayios Antonios Market to the Technical School).
The project, which includes the construction of pavements and landscaping along both roads, is expected to cost a total of €5 million. Because there is no money, efforts will be made to try have the projects co-financed with the EU and be included in the co-financing period 2014 to 2020. There is also an alternative idea to implement only the most necessary work, which will reduce costs. In order for the project to start being implemented, the initial design which provided for the overall configuration of the two roads will be altered. Those plans have been postponed for several years, mainly due to reactions of entrepreneurs and property owners on Kallipoleos Avenue.
The above proposals were recently presented before the Ministerial Committee, the Head of the Division of Traffic Studies of the Department of Public Works Michalis Lambrinos, who believes that it is possible to change the image of Nicosia for the better.
At the same time, the implementation of the following projects is being planned, either by the government alone, or in collaboration with Nicosia Municipality or only on behalf of the Municipality:
- Revamp of the commercial triangle Makariou - Evagorou - Stasikratous.
- Revamp of outer areas of the Moat.
- Linking the city centre with Universities with cycling routes.
- Renovating the city within the walls.
- Minibuses to the city centre.
- Creation of bus lanes on Makariou Avenue.