Four-track northern link augments Athenian rail links

The Greek capital’s suburban railway network continues to expand, with an upgraded stretch improving access and connections for the city’s inhabitants and visitors.

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Running from SKA (the Acharnes/Athens Railway Centre) to Treis Gefyres, this project involves the construction of four tracks over five kilometres and a wide range of associated infrastructure. It also fits into a broader infrastructure growth scheme for Athenian railways which started over a decade ago.

Regional rail expansion

Athens has an extensive suburban rail network. To ensure this keeps pace with local mobility demands, the city has been developing new links and track for faster trains.

This project is one of a series initiated by the city since 2000, designed to facilitate rail travel along the 37 km from Athens airport to Treis Gefyres (just north of the city centre), passing through SKA, an important new rail hub in north-east Athens. In all, eleven stations are being built, plus a communications centre in SKA. Between the airport and SKA – a total length of 32 km – contractors have laid down dual track. For the remaining five kilometres to Treis Gefyres, there will be dual tracks in each direction.

Easier rail journeys within and beyond city

Once completed, this project will deliver four tracks over almost five kilometres. Work below ground will cover 1 870 m of track in and around Agioi Anargyroi station. There will also be electromechanical and associated work, new infrastructure and superstructure, as well as signalling and communication equipment. Around three kilometres of dual track will be electrified. Lastly, the project will reintegrate the road network in the area around the SKA-Treis Gefyres section and inside the station.

These improvements to the SKA-Treis Gefyres section will cut travel time on the overall regional railway link between the airport and city centre from 50 to 30 minutes. Additional advantages will include faster and more convenient rail links from Athens to Patras to the west and Thessaloniki to the north. Moreover, the project will pave the way for the future improved rail link from Treis Gefyres to Piraeus.

Finalisation of the Attiki regional railway line from SKA (Athens) to Treis Gefyres is also in line with plans to develop the EU’s trans-European transport network – the so-called TEN-T programme – along the route from Athens to the Bulgarian border and beyond. Some 3 100 new jobs are expected to be created during the project’s implementation phase.

Total and EU funding

The project “Finalisation of the Attiki regional railway line in the section SKA-Treis Gefyres in Greece” has a total eligible budget of EUR 84 414 000, with the EU’s Cohesion Fund contributing EUR 47 184 200 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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