February 27, 2021

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Greek PM: Crete’s North Road Axis ‘Vital for Island’s Development’

The completion of sections along Crete’s 200+ kilometer north road axis is vital for the island’s further development, said Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras earlier on Thursday, while inaugurating the Gouves-Hersonissos section and overseeing the Heraklion-Messara segment of the roadway.

On his two-day visit to Crete this week, Tsipras underlined the importance of getting the long-awaited project up and running.

The North Road Axis (NRAC) running from Chania to Agios Nikolaos is a four-lane motorway, several segments of which including the Agios Nikolaos – Kalo Chorio have already opened to traffic.

“One can only wonder,” Tsipras said, “how a 16km project has been delayed for so many years”, adding that he would be visiting Heraklio anew ahead of European Parliament elections on May 23-26, to make sure the project has been completed. 

Tsipras was accompanied by Transport and Infrastructure Minister Christos Spirtzis.

1 thought on “Greek PM: Crete’s North Road Axis ‘Vital for Island’s Development’

  1. The New National Road in northern Crete, certainly between Chania and Rethymno, is perfectly adequate as well as being beautiful in many places. Tourists are attracted to Crete because, unlike most places, it DOESN’T have a four-lane motorway! How foolish to want Crete just to be like everywhere else. And what a huge waste of money which could be better spent on infrastructure which really needs upgrading, such as water supply (asbestos tanks? Are you kidding??)

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