News Local Paphos Chamber of Commerce: 'Green bridges could resolve motorway impasse'

Paphos Chamber of Commerce: ‘Green bridges could resolve motorway impasse’

Paphos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) proposed the creation of Green Bridges to resolve environmental issues that emerged in the planning of the motorway that connects the Kato Paphos tourist area and the Paphos airport, Phileleftheros reports.

The upgrading of the road has been halted due to limitations of the Natura 2000 network of protected areas.

The recent environmental impact study conducted for the project showed a negative impact on the surrounding environment from the planned project.

Local authorities maintain that the pushing forward of the motorway project is of national importance to tourism as it will make access to and from Paphos airport faster, and view the hindering of progress due to environmental reasons as ridiculous.

In a recent meeting in Paphos, PCCI head Marinos Stylianou presented the idea to Transport Minister Yiannis Karousos referencing a study on the subject conducted by Natural England “that highlights the financial benefits of such a solution, provides access to animals, and enhances the landscape”.

Stylianou said that the building of such bridges would resolve any financial and environmental issues hindering the project’s completion.

“Green bridges can be used to counter the effects of the isolation of the linear transport infrastructure on wildlife, the landscape and accessibility, and would also limit the impact on pedestrians and cyclists,” he added.

Stylianou said that in a meeting with Karousos’ predecessor it was agreed that a new environmental study would be conducted by PCCI as in the previous one the Green Bridges proposal was not taken into consideration.

Natura 2000 is a network of core breeding and resting sites for rare and threatened species, and some rare natural habitat types which are protected in their own right. It stretches across all 27 EU countries, both on land and at sea. The aim of the network is to ensure the long-term survival of Europe’s most valuable and threatened species and habitats.

Read more:

Top Stories

Military plane carrying air force cadets crashes in Ukraine, killing 25

  A military transport plane carrying air force cadets crashed and burst into flames near a highway in northeastern Ukraine yesterday evening, killing at least...

Eight new coronavirus cases detected out of 2,893 tests

The Ministry of Health has announced that 8 new cases of the SARS-CoV-II virus were detected in Cyprus over the past 24 hours out...

Omonia: 60 people to self-isolate due to covid case

Omonia's delegation, that travelled to Athens for the first match with Olympiakos in Faliro in the context of the Champions League playoffs (0-2 defeat),...

Two journalists stabbed near Charlie Hebdo’s old offices – France opens anti-terror probe

France opened an anti-terror investigation after two journalists were stabbed in Paris on Friday near the former offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine...

UK’s Tesco blocks bulk-buying of toilet roll and flour

Britain's biggest supermarket Tesco will prevent customers from bulk-buying flour, pasta, toilet rolls and anti-bacterial wipes to prevent a re-run of the COVID-19 stockpiling...



Sheftalies, a very tasty dish from the charcoal grill, are minced meat shaped into small sausages and wrapped in “panna” (suet). Panna is a...

Spicy grilled soutzoukakia

Place all ingredients for soutzoukakia in a bowl and mix well, preferably using a food processor, until well combined. Using the mixture, form cigar-shaped...


Pork souvlaki: Put the meat and all the other ingredients in a bowl (not metal) and mix well. Cover the bowl and keep in...

Pastelli (Carob Toffee)

The nutritional sweet of Pastelli is made with the syrup of carob pods, produced by boiling their pulp until it forms a thick, sticky...