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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-09-26

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Experts warn of traffic gridlock in Athens

  • [01] Experts warn of traffic gridlock in Athens

    Experts on Wednesday sounded the alarm regarding traffic conditions in the Greek capital Athens over the next few years.

    Foreign and Greek transportation experts stressed the need for immediate measures to deal with ever increasing traffic in central Athens, during an event held at the National Hellenic Research Foundation. New Transport and Communications Minister Costis Hatzidakis also participated at the event.

    According to official figures, the number of vehicles in the wider Athens region increases by 150,000 annually. If this trend continues, 95 percent of the road network in the Greek capital will be clogged up during most hours of the day by 2010. In addition, roughly 30,000 cars are illegally parked on the city's streets, while hundreds of abandoned vehicles make the situation even worse.

    Speaking at the event, Hatzidakis stressed that he is aware of the dire situation ever since his term in the European Parliament, while he stressed that all major European cities face traffic congestion although the problem in Athens is much greater, with an estimated increase of 130 percent in the number of private cars since 1990.

    Caption: Heavy traffic on a highway heading out of Athens during a holiday weekend, dated Monday, 20 June, 2007. ANA-MPA / P. SAITAS.


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