Tenders will open soon for the restoration of the historical train station in Güzelyurt (Morfou*) and for the opening of a city museum in Lefke, Minister of Tourism and Environment Fikri Ataoglu has announced.
The minister, who was visiting both Güzelyurt and Lefke, said that his ministry is working to attract more tourists to Güzelyurt. The two projects were complete, Ataoglu said but had been put on hold because of a lack of funding. However, tenders will be opened to implement both projects soon, he said.
It would take about five or six months to complete the train station restoration in Guzelyurt, said the minister. In addition, as of October, around 8-9 buses will be put in to daily service to transfer tourists between Güzelyurt and Lefke.
*The Cyprus Government Railway was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway network that operated in Cyprus from October 1905 to December 1951. With a total length of 76 miles (122 km), there were 39 stations, stops and halts, the most prominent of which served Famagusta, Prastio Mesaoria (Dortyol), Angastina (Aslankoy), Trachoni, Nicosia, Kokkinotrimithia, Morphou (Güzelyurt), Kalo Chorio and Evrychou. The CGR was closed down due to financial reasons. An extension of the railway which was built to serve the Cyprus Mines Corporation operated until 1974. (Wiki)