Tsipras highlights dangers of ‘ tragic overcrowding’ on public transport

Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday raised the alarm over the danger posed by “the tragic state of overcrowding on public transport,” during a meeting with employees of the Athens public transport organisation OASA and its subsidiaries.

As Tsipras noted, whereas the key principle behind all the measures against the novel coronavirus was social distancing and avoiding congestion, the situation on public transport, especially on buses, in the last two years has been “tragic”.

“It is inconceivable that the fleet has not been increased in order to reduce crowding in the last two years,” he said.

Tsipras sternly attacked the government for cancelling a tender that had been in progress for the acquisition of 750 new buses as soon as it came into power in 2019.

With regard to the pandemic he said: “We should not believe nonsense. The pandemic is not a pandemic of
the unvaccinated, it concerns us all. Unfortunately, there are many vaccinated people who get infected and this will not stop here. Also, we have a health system that has collapsed. We all have an obligation to protect the social whole, ourselves, the workers and the citizens,” he said.