Vilnius conference discusses much anticipated sustainable urban mobility plan (Lithuania)

By News Editor / Updated: 10 Oct 2017

A conference in the Lithuanian capital focusing on the public transport situation in the city took place recently. It brought together representatives from Vilnius and other municipalities, municipal enterprise Vilniaus Planas, public transport company Susisiekimo Paslaugos, and foreign experts.

The conference highlighted the fact that Vilnius experiences the biggest transport flow management challenges in Lithuania, with Vilnius residents spending considerable amounts of time in traffic jams and the level of pollution in the city growing.

Speaking at the event, Tom Rye, Professor of Transport at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “Public transport is an extremely important area; huge investments are not needed, it is important to stick to the plan and to allocate investments wisely in order to make transport safer, cleaner and faster."

The conference also discussed the city’s much anticipated sustainable mobility plan. Kristina Gauce, coordinator of the sustainable mobility plan, told reporters:  “[The] plan will include all types of movement, from cars to pedestrians; the main goal is to increase quality of life in the city, also to alter the habits of Vilnius residents and visitors.”

She added that “the solution must be complex. If we restrict the use of own cars, alternatives must be offered,"

The sustainable mobility plan will be ready mid-2018, whilst its measures should be implemented by 2030, the municipality said in a statement.

To find out more, visit xinhuanet.com.

Image credit: Vilnius trolley buses, Lithuania, 14 Sept. 2008 (from Flickr) by Philipp Capper under CC BY 2.0.

Country: 
Lithuania
Topic: 
Urban mobility planning
Scheme appraisal