Emergency traffic measures now in force on highways to ensure safe Easter travel

Athenians have started leaving the city for the Easter break. The traffic police began taking emergency measures yesterday to deal with added traffic on the highways and the main roads of Attica. There is an extra outward-bound traffic lane on the Athens-Corinth road from Dafni to Elefsina and at Kakia Skala. This measure will continue until Easter Saturday, according to the amount of traffic. From Easter Sunday on, there will be an extra Athens-bound traffic lane at the same locations. Traffic control measures are planned for the Dafni, Dilistiria, Aspropyrgos and Magoulas interchanges, the Athens-Lamia highway, the New Kifissia, Varibombi Bridge and Kryoneri Bridge interchanges, and elsewhere as appropriate. In Attica, some roads will be made one-way and extra traffic lanes will be added at Stavros, Aghia Paraskevi, the Vari-Koropi road and Democratias Avenue in Perama. The Merchant Marine Ministry is ready to deal with increased passenger and vehicle traffic during Easter, and has scheduled an additional 424 ferry trips from yesterday to May 4. A team of port officials, formed by order of Merchant Marine Minister Giorgos Anomeritis, will conduct extra inspections of passenger ferries leaving the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion to ensure the safety of passengers and the punctual departure of ferries. Intending passengers must buy their tickets in advance, or they will not be permitted to board, and they must confirm their return journey. Drivers are advised to arrive at the port at least an hour before their ferry is due to depart and to comply with the directions of port officials responsible for supervising onshore traffic in the port.