Construction programmes to extend Athens metro
A number of projects which contribute to the extension of Athens Metro Line 3 look set to bring public transport services closer to more people. The work also helps to cut congestion, improve air quality and create jobs in the Greek capital city.
One of the projects extends Line 3 to the city’s western suburbs and on to Piraeus, which is Greece’s third largest city and its biggest passenger and freight port. Work here includes some initial construction works, the purchase of 17 new trains and the installation of signalling equipment. A further phase of work – earmarked to take place in the coming years – will complete the project, which provides commuters with 7.6 km of new line and six new subway stations.
The finished scheme will handle more than 70 000 passengers per day in 2018, the first full year of operation. In addition, 360 new jobs are expected to be created when the project is completed.
Another project is for the extension of Line 3 from Aigaleo station to Agia Marina station, which includes construction of a 1.4 km long tunnel. People who live in West Attica look set to benefit most from this scheme, which could attract 2 500 new users per peak hour.
Work here includes completing the architectural works and the reinstallation of public utilities at Agia Marina station. The scheme also calls for the concreting and waterproofing of a five-storey underground parking facility at Keramikos passenger station, along with various landscaping and electrical installation works. Around 35 jobs are expected to be created upon completion of this particular project.
A further project for Line 3 sees construction take place at the Cholargos and Agia Parakseyi metro stations and the Nomismatokopio passenger station. Work includes completion of architectural finishings, restoration of the surroundings and installation of electromechanical systems. The project allows for around 27 390 more people to gain access to the Metro and is expected to create 140 permanent jobs. The scheme also looks set to cut CO2 emissions by 1 250 tons per year.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the project “Athens Metro extension Haidari to Piraeus & Athens Metro Rolling Stock - Initial Construction Works and Rolling Stock Supply - Phase A” is EUR 391 000 000, of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 186 189 780 from the Operational Programme “Attica” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Strengthening infrastructure relating to accessibility and energy”.
Total investment for the project “stations and electromechanical works at extension of line 3 Athens metro (Cholargos, Nomismatokopio, Agia Parakseyi)” is EUR 44 053 000, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 21 993 427 from the Operational Programme “Environment and Sustainable Development” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Air protection, urban transport, climate change and renewable resources”.
Total investment for the project “Extension of line 3 Athens metro: part Aigaleo-Agia Marina, depot Elaionas, stations Agia Marina and Keramikos” is EUR 75 375 000, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 50 158 500 from the Operational Programme “Environment and Sustainable Development” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority “Air protection, urban transport, climate change and renewable resources”.
FundsEuropean Regional Development Fund Cohesion Fund
Operational programmeOperational Programme 'Attica'
Total InvestmentEUR 510 428 000
EU InvestmentEUR 258 341 707
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