Mykonos island seeking solutions to help relieve congestion and safety concerns 

Mykonos island

Mykonos island

Greece’s popular Mykonos island, which draws tens of thousands of international visitors each year (especially the rich and famous) is now collaborating with the Centre for Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH) on plans to relieve congestion on the very busy holiday spot, especially over summer when tourism is at its peak.

“The viable movement of traffic on the islands is a difficult problem that requires specialists and innovative approaches, especially because of the island's limited space and the fluctuating population numbers,” said CERTH’s director Evangelos Bekiaris.

Mayor of Mykonos, Kostas Koukas said he really hopes that the agency would be able to provide immediate solutions to congestion and circulation safety issues.

One in seven residents in Greece lives on an island, where space in residential zones is severely limited. The summer months, when the influx of tourists provides islands with the majority of their annual revenue, problems in pedestrian and motor traffic spike.

According to reports, Cycladic island authorities and the state agency will also explore the possibility of joint proposals that could be funded by national or EU funds, including the training of Mykonos municipality employees.