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Limassol encourages use of public transport and raises parking fees

Changes will be introduced gradually over the next few years
  • November 04, 2019 19:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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The Cypriot town of Limassol is planning and already working on changes to its road network to reduces congestion made by private vehicles. Planned measures include encouraging use of public transport and raising parking fees in the downtown of Limassol.

According to the plan for sustainable urban transport in Limassol, the changes will be introduced gradually over the next few years with a final completion in 2030.

The basic principle of the study is to lead to a fundamental change in the use of private vehicles to cover transportation needs. Currently, the car is considered by the biggest percentage of people as the most suitable form of transportation accounting 91.8% of the total. Buses account for only 1.8%, walking for 5.7% and bicycles for barely 0.7%.

Residents of Limassol do not even try to change their thinking of transportation within the city, although problems such as accidents, emissions and traffic jams get worse and the population increases while space for vehicles remains the same.

The new traffic plan includes:

  • One way streets
  • Pedestrianisation of the shopping centre
  • A road network only for buses towards the central bus station
  • Low speed for residential areas
  • Improved public transport system
  • Five parking and ride stops north, east and west of the centre

Regarding the parking zones, the plan is not to provide more spaces, because the aim is to reduce the use of private cars and increase the use of public transport. Instead, parking fees will rise - doubling and even tripling. The closer the parking area is to the centre of town the higher the rate will be.

The new parking policy include:

  • Parking for residents (one parking space for those living in centre of the town)
  • Guaranteed parking for people with special needs and other special categories
  • Parking spaces for loading/unloading for shops, restaurants etc
  • Paid street parking for the public
  • Paid parking not on the street which must be fully monitored

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