The city of Turda has won the competition organised by the European Commission on urban mobility, ahead of Manchester and Milan, at the Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning (SUMP) category of awards, the city hall has announced.
The finalists were selected by an independent group of experts in the field of mobility and transports.
“We have won!!! Turda ranks first in the SUMP AWARDS competition, for the best plan on durable urban mobility. It was a tight competition between 2,500 cities, we competed in the final against Manchester and Milan. Last night, in Brussels, the ceremony to announce the winners took place and we are the European champions! I want to thank all the team members! It’s a real success, a great achievement! Turda is again in the foreground at international level!” Turda mayor, Octavian Matei, said, according to hotnews.ro.
The Turda plan includes projects worth EUR 127 million until 2030. It shows a unitary approach and the completion of all infrastructure elements is in connection with mobility, starting from updating the road infrastructure, up to pedestrian crossings, bicycle lanes, alignments for green spaces and the complementary facilities for traffic, sensors, bus stations, e-ticketing systems, intelligent traffic management, monitoring systems.
The strategy provides attracting grants worth EUR 31 million for the integrated development of the main urban mobility corridors and public transport, besides the EUR 7 million for the road infrastructure development in the Turda spa area (including Turda salt mine – photo 2) and for capitalising on the tourism potential of the Michael the Brave Monastery – the place where ruler Michael the Brave is buried.
The Turda city hall filed in 2017 the application for European funding for 4 urban mobility corridors.