New rail line keeps transport modernisation on track

Investment into railway infrastructure will boost passenger and freight transport, as well as rail connectivity within Greece.

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The project foresees a new track being built between Diakopto in western Greece and Rododafni in the north, along with signalling and telecommunications systems.

The scheme includes infrastructure works, electromechanical works in tunnels, and landscaping.

It also involves rehabilitation of public networks and archaeological works where required. The high speed track, which will stretch some 16 km in length, meets all the technical standards of the trans-European analogue railway system.

Benefiting both passengers and freight 

The initiative is part of the modernisation scheme of the PATHE/P axis, which has been split into five sections. This present project constitutes the third of these five sections. The route is also part of the broader trans-European transport network (TEN-T).

It will be of benefit to passengers travelling by rail to either Patra or Peloponnisos, and will also facilitate the transportation of freight being moved by rail in the same area.

By linking towns and cities within Greece, and beyond, the project is bringing benefits to the local communities and regional economy. It is expected that the project will create 12 jobs during the implementation phase, and a further 27 upon completion.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project "Construction of new double railway line in the section Diakopto - Rododafni" is EUR 188 333 543, of which the EU´s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 134 406 116 from the Operational Programme "Improvement of Accessibility" for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis "PATHE/P rail network in convergence objective regions”.


Draft date

22/12/2014