New Electrified Athens – Thessaloniki Railway Line Complete



The new electrified railway line from Athens to Thessaloniki is ready for use and will be put into operation today, January 29, according to a statement issued by the company responsible for the upgrade.

According to the state-run AMNA news agency, all the work that was needed for the entire length of the line to be electrified is now complete. The rail project was accomplished under the auspices of the ERGOSE company, a part of TRAINOSE, Greece’s only railway concern.

The stretch of railway between Lianokladi and Domokos, an especially treacherous section of the line due to its mountainous terrain, is now fully electrified.

However, the Lianokladi-Domokos portion of the rail line will continue to operate with diesel trains for another month, until the new signals and electric line have been fully tested.

“With these projects, ERGOSE has completed a flagship project for the construction of the new railway line on the country’s main “Piraeus-Athens-Thessaloniki” rail axis,” ERGOSE announced in their statement.

The statement noted that this vital upgrade will now provide Greece with “a modern and fully inter-operable double-electrified railway line.”

TRAINOSE is now owned by the Italian company ”Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane.”