The transport ministry will in the coming days launch a tender process to secure 125 smart traffic lights that will be deployed at key spots in Nicosia and Limassol to ease traffic flows, minister Yiannis Karousos said on Friday.
Eighty of the lights will be installed in Nicosia and 45 in Limassol.
Speaking to reporters after an Epiphany event in Ayia Napa, Karousos said the 125 points would be controlled through sensors and AI and “will communicate with each other” to determine traffic flow.
“We calculate that based on experience abroad, there will be a benefit of between 10 per cent and 35 per cent depending on the point and the particularities of each point,” he said.
“In other words in order for everyone to understand how the system will work, it will like having 125 digital traffic wardens, who will take the data, analyse it and accordingly give the right priority at each point”.
He said something similar had been tried at the Ayia Fyla roundabout in Limassol, which had cut traffic jams by more than 50 per cent.
Karousos said the selection of the installation points had been made by the department of public works in cooperation with the police.
“They are main points that we consider need the specific system,” he said.
Unlike the traffic cameras, this will is not a pilot programme, the minister said.
“It is a complete solution based on the available statistics,” he said.
The new lights are part of an overall plan with other elements designed to reduce traffic jams in the cities.