Cyprus is ready to begin construction of an intercity rail and urban tramway.
At least that’s what Transport Minister Yiannis Karusos (Γιάννης Καρούσος) officially stated at an online meeting with his union colleagues. According to Karusos, this requires only 1.2 billion euros (that is, about a thousand euros per Cypriot). The Cypriot government is ready to finance 50% of the costs, the other half must be covered by investors. European railway construction company Shift2Rail has already agreed to cover part of the costs.
Why does the island need a rail system?
To increase the productivity of public transport, create comfortable and economical ways of transportation over short and long distances. And, of course, to reduce the negative impact on the environment. Karousos noted that all of this is a prerequisite for the development of Cyprus and the common European economy.