All change for 2005 transport

The creation of a single body in charge of Athens transport, a limit on the hours shops can receive deliveries and an in-depth study of changes that need to be made to public transport in Attica are among the measures that Transport Minister Michalis Liapis announced yesterday. «The year 2005 will be one of significant planning,» Liapis said, adding that restrictions on when Athens stores can receive deliveries would be finalized next week. Sources told Kathimerini that drivers will not be able to unload goods between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. A draft law will be submitted to Parliament within the next two months proposing the formation of an organization to oversee transport matters in the capital, the minister said. He added that a public transport study would begin soon, examining projects such as an extension of the tram into the congested Piraeus center. Liapis said that recent measures like the introduction of travelcards, extra bus routes, express trams and longer operation hours had been a success.