‘No’ to Privatisation of Urban Transport, Says Transport Min Spirtzis



Christos SpirtzisIn an interview with ANA-MPA, Infrastructures, Greek Transport and Networks Minister; Christos Spirtzis spoke about three draft bills for public works and public contracts.

Spirtzis said he is firmly against the privatisation of public transport. “This will not happen” he noted adding that “the model of private urban transport in Greece, which was applied in Thessaloniki, has failed. It costs five times more. What we must do is to put a halt to the looting and the bad management. Referring to the privatisation of TRAINOSE (Railways) he said that its Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund’s (HRADF) responsibility noting that the ministry focuses on the development of railway infrastructures. “It is our top priority. A plan that is clearly a national plan and will upgrade our country”.

Spirtzis also said that the extension of the urban railway (proastiakos) to the port of Lavrio is included in the ministry’s planning.”I believe it is one of the major works that should be done because it will link the international airport and Athens with two main ports namely Piraeus and Lavrio. This work will promote maritime transport, cruise tourism but most of all it will facilitate the citizens”.
(source: ana-mpa)