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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-12-23

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  • [01] Athenians on mass exodus for Christmas season

  • [01] Athenians on mass exodus for Christmas season

    The inhabitants of Athens are leaving Athens in their thousands in view of the Christmas season.

    More than 160,000 cars departed from the Greek capital over the weekend, while the exodus is expected to culminate on Monday.

    Despite the great number of vehicles which abandoned Athens, there was traffic congestion in the city centre, with the prefecture‚s basic roads being blocked.

    According to information given to ANA-MPA by Traffic Police Director Yiannis Mantas, there was a continuous flow of vehicles on the country's national and provincial road network, without any particular problem, except at the Maliakos Kolpos area, central Greece, where work is being carried out for the construction of a bridge.

    Cars also left en mass from Thessaloniki, northern Greece, towards nearby cities.

    Due to the mass exodus, the Attica Traffic Police Department announced that during the holiday season until Epiphany Day on January 6, extra measures will be taken to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic and pedestrians.

    The traffic police will centre their force at airports, ports, train stations and inter-city buses but also at the difficult points of the country‚s national and provincial networks.

    At the same time, traffic checks will be made on a 24-hour basis to avert dangerous violations of the traffic code.

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