First SUMP in Thessaloniki as a result of tremendous efforts

Thessaloniki is engaged in mobility planning since the early 70s, and over the past 20 years it has worked in close collaboration with a number of local authorities and other stakeholders. However, until recent times efforts made in transport focused on road works. Through its new SUMP, Thessaloniki intends to reach four main objectives: a growth of public transport; a decrease of car flows in central area; a growth in active transport; and a decrease in pollution emissions.

Monitoring and evaluation at the core of the SUMP process

The evaluation process implemented in Thessaloniki can be illustrated by the example of the investigation made for the introduction of a tram network in the Greek city. An investigation of the project’s socio-economic and financial feasibility (IRR, CBA) took place as well as an investigation of new financing schemes. As main results, the evaluation of modal split effects showed significant reductions of private car use in favour of public transport in specific corridors where the new mode was proposed. Social costs and benefits, such as the reduction of road accidents and external costs of transport, the impact of urban regeneration and the increase of urban attractiveness, the reduction of travel times, and the increase of public transport share were estimated accordingly. Continue reading the full case study on Eltis.

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Access the SUMP Award Factsheet explaining Thessaloniki's SUMP process and monitoring and evaluation activities here.