Nicosia Municipality on Friday announced the arrival of 13 mini buses aimed at improving accessibility to the divided historical centre with more modern and efficient public transportation, it said.
The buses will also connect the old part of the capital with the main areas of the urban centre, located outside the Nicosia walls.
The launch of the mini buses falls within the provisions of Nicosia’s Integrated Mobility Master Plan and the service they offer will be complementary to the town’s public transport system.
The buses are environmentally friendly, small, and flexible, the announcement said, as to operate “comfortably without problems within the walled city”.
They are fully air-conditioned and have the necessary infrastructure to transport people with mobility problems, the municipality said. Total capacity on each bus is 22 with room for parents with strollers. The buses have also provision for bicycle transportation and easy access for wheelchairs.
“They have a ramp to accommodate persons with disabilities,” the municipality said.
Passengers will also be informed of the next stop through the installed LCD screens.
The buses are expected to start running early in the new year, while routes will be announced at a later stage, the municipality said.
The €1.1m purchase was co-funded by the Nicosia Municipality and the government programme to revitalise Green Line areas.
The aim is to revitalise the historic centre by encouraging accessibility through sustainable means of transport and the gradual independence from the use of a private car for movement within the walls and the constant increase in residents, workers and visitors.
The ultimate objective is making the historic part of the town a car-free-zone. The new public buses that have been on the roads the last five years, are too large to enter the narrow roads in the old city and come only as far as Solomou Square just inside the walls.
By Evie Androu for Cyprus-Mail