Significant motorway investment heralds greater accessibility and quicker

The road network in the west of Greece looks set to be significantly improved thanks to the construction of a 120 km-long motorway between Korinthos and Patra. The project also brings another 81.5 km of local roads up to the same level of quality.

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Improving road conditions will help to reduce average travel times in the area from 72 minutes to 60 minutes while cutting the cost of both passenger and freight transport. Road safety will be improved and the number of accidents reduced. In addition, the new safe, fast motorway should help to rejuvenate the regions it passes through while providing a boost to the wider Greek economy.

Road, bridges and tunnels

The motorway construction programme includes 41 bridges, 12 tunnels with a combined length of 16 km, 14 grade-level junctions and various crossings.

Works to bring the existing roads up to a high-quality standard are taking place in two areas: a 63.2 km stretch between Elefsina and Korinthos; and an 18.3 km section of the Patras deviation. This part of the project includes the construction of a number of service areas, operational centres and toll posts.

The entire project is expected to generate work for 96 people during the implementation phase and 372 jobs upon completion.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Completion of the road axis Elefsina – Korinthos – Patra” is EUR 2 025 252 116. The EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 977 155 063 from the Operational Programme “Reinforcing Accessibility” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period under the priority “Road Transport – trans-European road network".

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