Tram expansion will put the brakes on traffic congestion
Extending a tramline in Piraeus will boost public transport and tackle CO2 emissions.
Work is underway to extend Piraeus tramway westwards from "Neo Faliro" to the centre of Piraeus, the country’s third biggest city. Once complete, the newly-extended track will run to both the port and centre of Piraeus, which is the largest passenger and freight port in the country.
The extension is 5.35 km in length and involves the installation of 13 tram stops, 12 of them new. It is estimated that some 11 000 extra passengers a day will benefit after the scheme is completed in September 2015. This will rise to 40 750 passengers per day after the new trams go into operation.
The scheme also involves sewerage and drainage works, rebuilding pavements, pedestrian crossings, and reshaping road intersections.
Connecting city and port
This project will help improve quality of life by reducing traffic congestion, resulting in annual savings of more than 2 million passenger hours per year. It is also expected to cut both the number of road accidents and primary and secondary pollutants in the atmosphere.
Inner-city traffic will be improved by connecting the city centre with the market of Piraeus, the port and residential areas, thereby increasing public transport use at the expense of the private car.
Further added value will come with a reduction in CO2 emissions amounting to some 4.16 tonnes per day. Local residents, workers and visitors will be among those directly benefitting from the expansion.
This project is expected to create 169 permanent jobs once the works are finished.
Total investment and EU funding
Total investment for the "Westward extension of Tramway to Piraeus- Phase A: Construction Works" project is EUR 68 900 000 of which the EU’s European Regional Development Fund is contributing EUR 34 053 587 from the Operational Programme "Attica" for structural assistance from the European Regional Development Fund under the priority axis 1 "Strengthening infrastructure relating to accessibility and energy".