Free transport during EU summit in Bratislava

The decision comes in response to major traffic restrictions linked to the arrival of foreign delegations.

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Public transport in Bratislava and the entire region will be free of charge during the informal EU summit held on September 16.

“I don’t want to see such a significant event for the city being linked by people from Bratislava only to restrictions and complications,” said Bratislava Mayor Ivo Nesrovnal, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “I know that this won’t resolve all problems, but I believe that it will mitigate some traffic complications expected on Friday.”

Major traffic restrictions will be in place in Bratislava as of September 16 morning as foreign delegations will begin travelling from Bratislava’s M. R. Štefánik Airport to Bratislava Castle. This will include the closure of the D1 motorway bypass of Bratislava, which is the single busiest road stretch in Slovakia, and some other key traffic arteries and bridges in the Slovak capital, TASR wrote.

The political meetings are scheduled to take place at Bratislava Castle, while press conferences are due to be at the Incheba fair site.

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Also truck drivers limited

Meanwhile, the police informed that also truck drivers at the cross-country D1 highway and R1 express dual-carriageway sections in Bratislava, Trnava, Trenčín and Nitra Regions will have to prepare for the restrictions.

Vehicles weighing more than 7.5 tonnes will be stopped by the police between 6:00 and 9:30 at parking lots and stopping lanes. There will be portable traffic signs with information for drivers, the SITA newswire reported.

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