Azerbaijani Transport Ministry announces transport system details for Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 6 / Trend, E.Ismayilov /
Azadlig Square in Baku will be the centre of the stationing of special buses during the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijani Transport Ministry spokesman Namig Hasanov told Trend on Friday.
"Buses to transport passengers to the Baku Crystal Hall, Heydar Aliyev International Airport, Baku International Bus Terminal and hotels will be stationed on the square," Hasanov said.
Four control stations will also be opened in Baku to facilitate the process of transporting of a great number of people. One of the stations will be placed at the Baku Crystal Hall, two on Azadlig Square and one station at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport.
Some 22 taxi stops will be established in the central and main areas of the capital, served by London taxi cabs.
Hasanov said taxi stops will be established in such places as the Azneft and Fizuli squares, airport, bus station and elsewhere.
"Some 220 drivers have been specially trained for driving vehicles involved during the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku," the Transport Ministry said.
Hasanov did not rule out the possibility of creating special lanes for the movement of buses in the streets of Baku, involved in aiding guests arriving for the contest.
"It is possible that the movement of other vehicles in these lanes will be limited for a certain time," he said.
A meeting in connection with preparations for the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest was held at the Azerbaijani Transport Ministry on Thursday. Activities undertaken were discussed at the meeting chaired by Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov
The 57th Eurovision Song Contest will be held in the Baku Crystal Hall which is under construction near the State Flag Square.
The Eurovision 2012 semi-final rounds will be held in Baku on May 22 and May 24 and the final on May 26.
Logo of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest is 'Fire Flower', while the motto is Light your fire!
Azerbaijan won the right to host the prestigious European song contest after the victory of Eldar Gasimov and Nigar Jamal (Ell / Nikki) at Eurovision 2011 in Dusseldorf, Germany last May.