Starting 2016, passengers will need only three hours and 10 minutes (from four hours and 40 minutes now) to travel from Athens to Volos in central Greece and two hours and 10 minutes to travel from Thessaloniki to Volos, the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) announced on September 27.
According to OSE, the total project is expected to be implemented in two phases. The first phase includes the upgrading of the tracks and railway stations. The second phase involves the railway’s electrification and will be implemented by ERGOSE.
The project has a completion deadline of 24 months as well as a secured funding from the Public Investment Program.
This will offer passengers, apart from saving time, a more convenient and cheaper transportation, while boosting the economy and development of the region. Moreover, it is considered to be more compatible with the environmental requirements and policies to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.