Athens to Kiato in half the time …
Cutting the journey time from 1 hour 50 minutes to 1 hour. This is the major benefit that will be gained by passengers travelling on the line connecting the Greek capital to Kiato (Gulf of Corinth), as well as by all those who use regional trains terminating in this section.
As indicated by the project’s name, the “Completion of the electrified double-track railway line section SKA1-KIATO” marks the completion of previous works. These works started in 2000 and are part of the policy for modernising the Athens-Patras link (Peloponnese). Starting from the capital, this route some 200 km long heads west, along the gorgeous coast of the Gulf of Corinth.
The work on the rail link between Athens and Kiato (a small port to the north of Corinth) started in 2000 and was initially carried out in two phases (2000-2006). The first stage involved building the new 105 km-long double-track railway line. This substantial initial investment included the construction of the infrastructure and superstructure, as well as the installation of the signalling and communications systems. The second stage involved the installation of the GSM-R (Global System for Mobile communications - Railways) system, a GSM-based wireless communication standard, specifically aimed at railway applications.
The completion work (third stage), which is due to finish in 2013, mainly involves the following tasks:
- Completing the construction of the overhead contact system in the sections at Liossia and Kiato stations, as well as the nine halts between these two stations;
- Completing the construction of the two rail traction substations in Mandra and Corinth, enabling the power to be supplied to the track catenaries from the grid;
- Installing the telecommunications system in the new station in Corinth.
The entire project meets the European standards for railway system control, management and signalling.
The project is being managed by the OSE (Hellenic Railways Organisation), Greece’s public railway company. This project will generate 3 075 jobs during its implementation phase.
One line and its connections
It is not only passengers travelling from Athens to Patras who will benefit from the construction of this new high-speed line. The electrification of this new section means that people who live near this railway line and use regional train connections will also see a reduction in their travelling time.
Examples can be given of numerous locations with different purposes which will benefit, such as industrial areas like Thriasio to the west of Athens, tourist spots like Nea Peramos, more populated regions like Megara (halfway between Athens and Corinth), or even the outskirts of Liossia and Kiato. The inhabitants of the north-west Peloponnese who come to Patras station will also see their travelling time to Athens cut significantly. This benefit will be appreciated in particular by those commuting to work every day.
1 SKA stands for the Archainai Railway Centre, an important rail hub in Athens.
Total cost and EU involvement
The estimated cost of the project “Completion of the electrified double-track railway line section SKA-KIATO” is EUR 30 531 553. The European Regional Development Fund contribution amounts to EUR 23 021 859 in the 2007-2013 programming period.
Total InvestmentEUR 30 531 553
EU InvestmentEUR 23 021 859
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