Nicosia drivers face a daily traffic gridlock as a problem created by an increased number of vehicles is compounded by road works.
Data collected by the Department of Public Works show that the number of cars entering Nicosia daily from other cities, is on the rise and traffic on roads has reached pre-financial crisis levels.
Department officials say that the large number of roadworks currently underway at the same time in Nicosia affects the situation, but it isn’t the main reason behind the problem.
According to Phileleftheros, the increase in traffic can be partly explained by the application of flexible working hours in the public sector. Prior to that, increased traffic was observed shortly after 7 am up to 8:30 am. However, now the traffic lasts until 9 am, Phileleftheros reports.
Some roads have “reached their limit,” the Department officials say, as according to figures, traffic on central Nicosia roads has increased by 4%-10% between June 2015-June 2018. Traffic on highways has increased by 7%-14% for the same period of time.
Also the number of cars entering Nicosia every day has risen to 34,000, compared to 30,700 in 2015.
Traffic increase in numbers
Nicosia-Limassol highway: 69,000 cars daily in June 2018, compared to 68,700 in June 2017 and 64,000 in 2015.
Limassol Avenue (Nicosia): 50,500 cars daily in June 2018, compared to 47,000 in June 2015.
Strovolos Avenue: 41,000 cars daily in June 2018, compared to 38,000 in June 2015.
Spyros Kyprianou Avenue: 47,800 cars daily in June 2018, compared to 44,600 in June 2015.
Demosthenis Severis Avenue: 23,700 cars daily in June 2018, compared to 22,300 in June 2015.
Archangelos Avenue: 31,400 cars daily in June 2018, compared to 28,500 in June 2015.
I. Hatjiosif Avenue: 22,450 cars daily in June 2018, compared to 20,900 in June 2015.