Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Makis Voridis announced on Thursday that the government intends to speed up completion of the seven new metro stations now under construction in Athens, preparing them for use in the next fifteen months instead of roughly two years. The announcement was made during a meeting with mayors from each of the areas where the new stations will be located.
The new stations include those of Haidari on line 3, Peristeri and Anthoupoli on the western extension of line 2, and Ilioupolis, Alimos, Argyroupolis and Elliniko on the southern extension.
Voridis said the construction of the stations was virtually complete and all that remained to be done was to install the signalling system. He said ratification of a major contract with the German multinational Siemens for a signalling system along the extensions of the metro would be discussed in Parliament next week, followed by its signature for the completion of the work.
Attiko Metro’s management agreed with the projection that the new stations would be ready for use in fifteen months at the latest. They are expected to serve 160,000 new commuters and reduce the number of cars on the roads of Athens by 30,000 each day, reducing CO2 emissions by 130 tonnes and bringing in 65 million euro in revenues.
In addition to the above seven stations, further metro extensions are planned on the Haidari-Piraeus section, with new stations in Agia Varvara, Korydallos, Nikaia, Maniatika, Piraeus and the Municipal Theatre.