Attiki Odos toll fee hikes will not be implemented, says Transport Minister

Increases in toll fees announced by the managers of Attiki Odos in Athens will not be implemented, Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis told Alpha radio station on Monday in an interview, until the company brings data justifying the price rise.

Spirtzis said that the government has already signed off a Legislative Content Act to that effect.

He added that Attiki Odos SA had announced its intent for the price hike in December 2018, but recalled it and negotiations began with the government to reduce existing prices. Changes have been difficult with this particular contract – compared to those of other highway concessions – because the terms in it are not favorable, Spirtzis noted.

The only solution, he said, would be for the state to issue a new public tender when the current contract expires, with provisions for rail and road extensions to the port of Lavrio and Rafina, the connection between Kymis Avenue and the national highway, an expansion to the western districts of Athens and the connection of Katehaki Avenue with the town of Vouliagmeni in coastal Athens.