Electronic toll collection system for northern Greece to be tendered soon, Spirtzis says

The tendering for an electronic analog toll collection system will be announced within December, possibly by Friday, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Spirtzis said on Thursday.

The system in particular relating to Egnatia Odos, the main highway crossing northern Greece, may be ready within 2018, he said in comments during the delivery for use of a section of the Ardanio-Ormenio section.

Spirtzis said the system would serve the Evros border region particularly well, because it would require all cars entering Greece through Evros or northern Greek ports to use transponders, therefore preventing sidestreet traffic and accidents around residential areas from Alexandroupoli west towards Komotini.

“The most important project,” however, he said, “is that of electrically powered (bus) transportation. This is a national project. It is going well, both in terms of financing and procedure.” He said that by end-February or beginning of March the bureaucratic process for the new company to be created with Bulgaria will have been completed. He also said that Romania had also expressed an interest in joining the project.