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Tractors rolling into downtown Athens - Traffic restrictions announced

Featured Tractors rolling into downtown Athens - Traffic restrictions announced

Farmers are driving their tractors into downtown Athens from Kastro, Boeotia, where they had been gathering since Monday afternoon, in order to take part in the nationwide rally that will take place on Tuesday afternoon.

They are expected at Omonia Square at 17:30 and at 18:30 they will carry out a motorised march to Syntagma Square.

In addition, farmers and stockbreeders from all over the country are coming to Athens in their own vehicles but also by bus. According to the first estimates, there are about 60 buses from Thessaly while the number of farmers participating totals around 5,000.
Farmers from Western Greece and the Peloponnese blockades will meet in Megara, before heading towards the centre of the capital.

According to the producers, the aim of the rally is to highlight the problems faced by the primary sector and to provide solutions to the increased production costs of recent years.

Traffic restrictions

Greek police announced on Monday the traffic restrictions to be implemented when farmers will arrive by tractors and buses in Athens on Tuesday, to demand more measures for the high cost of production.

Police representatives said the main concern was to ensure there was no excessive interruption of traffic in the Greek capital.

Specificially, tractors will be accompanied by patrol cars from Kastro (Viotia prefecture) and from Megara (Attica Region) as they travel to Athens. Buses with farmers from various parts of Greece will park at the Olympic Stadium.

The following will be affected in central Athens:

- A temporary stop to traffic will be implemented along the route of Athinon Avenue, Achilleos, and Karaiskaki, for tractors. They will travel to Syntagma Square following the reverse traffic direction, along Agiou Konstantinou Avenue, Omonia Square, and Panepistimiou Avenue. A short ban on traffic will be implemented around Omonia Square.

- On Vassilissis Sofias, traffic will be banned from the parliament building, and the incoming traffic will be diverted at Sekeri Street.

- Cars using Akadimias Street will be be using only the outbound lane of Vassilissis Sofias.

- Bus and trolley schedules will be modified along all the affected routes.

Further queries or information is available at police, while updates will be posted on a banner on the police web page and at its social media account.