Attiko Metro Board Chairman: Work on Attica, Thessaloniki metro projects progressing rapidly

Work on the Thessaloniki, Piraeus and Athens metro was continuing at a fast pace, in spite of the ongoing economic crisis, Attiko Metro Board Chairman Yiannis Mylopoulos said in an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) on Tuesday. He said the expansion of these metro systems was continuing as they would make a decisive contribution to the national target of emerging from the crisis.

Mylopoulos announced that a tender procedure for the first section of the Athens metro line 4, with 14 stations between Alsos Veikou and Goudi, will be held within the first five months of 2017. This line was expected to change the face of Athens’ public transport and greatly improve life in the Greek capital, reducing traffic in densely populated areas of the city that were not served by any fixed-rail connection until now. The work was expected to start in 2018 and be completed in 2025, he added.

There were also plans to extend the tram network and metro line 3 toward Piraeus, with the new tram line due to be delivered in 2017 and the metro within 2020, he said.

Regarding the problem-ridden Thessaloniki metro system, Mylopoulos said work had begun again after the problems were all resolved, with the project’s implementation now progressing at a rapid pace on all fronts and with its financing secured. This was scheduled to go into operation in 2020, he added.