Athens: We spend at least an hour a day in the car and lose 10 euros

The traffic on the roads of Attica is particularly high and according to Konstantinos Kepaptsoglou, NTUA Professor and President of the Association of Greek Transport Engineers:

The reality is this. In Athens, we have about 7 million trips per day. Of these, approximately 2-2.5 million are made by public transport


Mr. Kepaptsoglou spoke to the First Program 91.6 and 105.8 about the consequences of the strike action in Mass Transportation, adding:

When public transport does not work, some people will not go to work, but some people will go by car, resulting in a lot more cars on the roads, which are not enough to meet this demand for travel anyway.

For a 40-minute journey under normal conditions, today a driver will need 60 minutes of his time, that is 20 more.

Today there is a 20%-30% charge on rush hour, which obviously drags, as the rush hours have been extended due to the long.

Today, Kifissias Avenue, the river (Kifissos), Athens Avenue, the North-South road axes, which are used for access from the suburbs, had a greater burden.

The river has an additional burden due to the traffic of heavy vehicles because it is the only way to reach the port of Piraeus and the commercial and industrial areas of Athens. In general, the situation today is much more difficult and it is logical,

added Mr. Kepaptsoglou.

2There is no cure for movement problems

There is no cure for the problem of traffic on the roads, he argued as he argued:

We have no room to build other roads. The only way is the reasonable use of IX, the preference for other modes of transport and the use of MMM.

Especially as far as the river is concerned, according to Mr. Kepaptsoglou, even if two lanes are added to the right and left, it will be in the same situation and the reason is that it will attract more traffic. According to him, it is legal that this will happen, as it has happened in other parts of the world.

In any case, you can’t do magic when you have so many cars. We spend at least an hour a day in our car, with the typical cost of our time at 8-10 euros, so everyone spends 10 euros a day in their car,

he said characteristically.

3Combined measures

On the same show, Thanasis Tsianos, member of the Association of Greek Transport Experts, spoke about combined measures to deal with the problem. Regarding infrastructure, he explained that planning the extension of Kymi Avenue or the extension of the western ring road will take the load off the river and decongest it by a percentage.

And the Elefsina-Thebes axis could become and be important in terms of relieving the congestion of Kifissos. Priority is MMM, the three new stations in Piraeus, to remove 23,000 vehicles a day from the road network,

added Mr Tsianos. In fact, regarding the means of transport, he pointed out that with the reinforcement of metro line 4, there will be a significant improvement, however, he added, management measures are also needed in Kifissos, such as the immediate removal of vehicles after a collision or damage.

Regarding heavy vehicles, for the entire network of Attica there should be a loading and unloading schedule which should be observed, Mr. Tsianos also mentioned. For Kifissos in particular, he said, measures should be considered, such as restrictions on peak hours for heavy vehicles.

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