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Project description

Design, Construction and Financing of the east extension of Thessaloniki Metro from the new railway station in Kalamaria to the Airport, 5.5 km long, with 4 new stations.

The proposed investment project involves the design, the construction and the financing of the east extension of Thessaloniki Metro from the Micra station in Kalamaria to the Airport, 5,5 km long, with 4 new stations (Sxoli Polemou, IKEA, Komvos Thermis, Airport). The Designs are in preliminary stage. Multiple scenarios are being examined including operation, maintenance and exploitation.

Country, Region

Greece [Κεντρική Μακεδονία (Kentriki Makedonia)]

Start date

September 2019

Estimated project cost

EUR 400 million


Urban Mobility Projects

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Economic rationale / Business Model

This project will contribute to the local urban development, the decongestion of the city center and to the reduction of the environmental pollution. In addition, it will offer a direct connection of the airport passengers with the center of Thessaloniki.
More precisely, the proposed investment project contributes: to the continuous integration of transport infrastructure and transport policy development, promotes European Infrastructure Standards, optimizes accessibility facilities, strengthens Interconnectivity and Regional Integration, addresses the functioning city including peri-urban zones, contributes at ensuring full cooperation on infrastructure interoperability, contributes catching up delayed reform, restructuring and modernization of the transport sector, making clear the interconnectivity with stations and airports of the TEN-T (last mile connections), should involve all relevant actors, notably Member State authorities, regional and local authorities, the industry and the business community.

Financing details

Financing source: PPP

The project cost breaks down: CW: €260m (60%), E/M systems: €100m (27%), Rolling stock: €40m (13%). The project duration is estimated at 4 years.
The proposed business model is that of a PPP. During the operational phase, the project revenues will come from ticket sales, advertising, parking fees from transfer stations, other commercial activities, as well as availability payments by the state.

The promoter has received / applied for EU / EIB financing support related to this project.

Existing or potential bottlenecks for the realisation of the project / Potential risks

The pending introduction to the Greek Parliament of legislation regarding public works and permitting as well as of legislation that integrates 2014 EU Directives 23, 24 & 25, regarding public procurement contracts, will lead to the resolution of potential risks and / or bottlenecks relating to the process leading up to the contracting stage and to the monitoring of the project for the whole period of construction and operation.

Publication: 30/05/2016 | Last update: 22/02/2017

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