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Rail Communications, Cyprus

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 26 March 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when it was decided to stop the operation of the railway linking Nicosia with the port of Famagusta in Cyprus; and what other rail communications on the island it is proposed to develop.

The railway was closed on 31st December, 1951. There are no proposals to develop other rail communications in Cyprus.

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied, in view of the strategic importance of Cyprus—an importance which may grow—that road communications in the island will prove adequate to the island's needs in the future?

Before this railway was closed, the Chiefs of Staff were consulted, and they confirmed that it had no strategic value.