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    Thessaloniki metro operator selected


    GREECE: Project promoter Hellenic Metro has awarded the THEMA consortium of Milano transport operator ATM (51%) and engineering consultancy Egis (49%) a €250m contract to operate and maintain Thessaloniki metro Line 1 for 11 years. The first metro line in Greece’s second-largest city is currently under ...

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    Greece: Rail revival struggles to gain momentum


    Despite a macroeconomic recovery and an injection of EU funding for infrastructure, Greece’s rail recovery is still facing headwinds, typified by the low-key launch of Pendolino services between the country’s two principal cities. Toma Bačić reports from Athens.

  • Athens metro Line 3 Extension - Piraeus National Theatre station with ancient artefacts
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    Piraeus metro extension opens


    GREECE: A 3·6 km extension of Athens metro Line 3 from Nikaia to Dimotiko Theatro in Piraeus was opened by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on October 10. There are three stations, including an interchange with Line 1, and the extension is expected to serve 132 000 ...

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    Heraklion tram plan


    GREECE: Technical specifications for a proposed tram network in Heraklion, the largest city on the island of Crete, have been agreed by Deputy Mayor for Infrastructure Yiannis Anastasakis and Nikolaos Kouretas, Managing Director of Athens’ Attiko Metro. Funding will now be sought for feasibility and viability ...

  • Athens metro Line 1 trains (Photo: STASY)
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    Athens metro train refurbishment contract awarded


    GREECE: Operator STASY has awarded CAF a contract to refurbish 14 trainsets dating from 1983-85 which are in service on Athens metro Line 1. The 34-month project to extend the life of the five-car MAN/Siemens trainsets for a further 25 years has a €70m budget and ...

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    Cisalpino trainsets enter service in Greece


    GREECE: ETR470 tilting trainsets which were formerly used on Cisalpino services from Italy to Switzerland entered passenger service in Greece on May 15, operating two trains a day in each direction between Thessaloniki and Athens. The journey time on the 502 km ...

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    Trainose signs 10-year PSO contract


    GREECE: The ministries of Infrastructure & Transport and Finance have awarded Trainose a 10-year public service obligation contract to continue to provide passenger services. The PSO contract signed on April 14 is worth €50m/year and has an option for a further five year extension. Trainose has ...

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    Thessaloniki – Idomeni line upgrading contract awarded


    GREECE: The national railway group’s major projects division Ergose has awarded a joint venture of Alstom and Avax a €41m contract to modernise signalling, track and electrification to enable 160 km/h operation on the 70 km section of Pan-European Corridor X between Thessaloniki and Idomeni on ...

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    EIB releases biggest ever loan for transport in Greece


    GREECE: The European Investment Bank and Attiko Metro have signed a €580m loan to finance construction of the first section of Athens metro Line 4. EIB said the 30-year loan is the biggest ever granted for a Greek transport project, and its biggest loan for a ...

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    Athens metro Line 4 main works to begin


    GREECE: Major construction works for Athens metro Line 4 are to start this summer, after the contract for final design work, construction and commissioning was signed by Attiko Metro and a consortium of Alstom, local construction company Avax and Italian tunnelling company Ghella. The contract, which ...

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    Refurbished Pendolino arrives in Greece


    GREECE: The first of five ETR470 Pendolino trainsets being refurbished for use on Trainose’s flagship Athens – Thessaloniki route has been delivered to Thessaloniki and is expected to enter service in March.

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    Consortium chosen to build first phase of Athens Line 4


    GREECE: Attiko Metro has selected a consortium of Alstom, Greek construction company Avax and Italian tunnelling company Ghella to build the first section of Athens metro Line 4.

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    Citadis X05 trams arrive in Athens


    GREECE: Alstom has delivered the first two of 25 Citadis X05 trams ordered by Athens transport agency Attiko Metro. Under the contract awarded in ordered in July 2018 Alstom is responsible for the on-site testing, training and warranty services, as well as the provision of spare parts. ...

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    Greece: Infrastructure investment back on the agenda


    After years of delays amid the country’s financial crisis, several major infrastructure projects are coming to fruition in Greece, while Chinese investment in the port of Piraeus could spur more investment in the near future. Toma Bačić reports.

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    Road traffic expected to fall as Athens metro extension opens


    GREECE: A 4 km extension of Athens metro Line 3 was officially inaugurated by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis on July 6, with revenue services starting the following day. The extension from Agia Marina adds three new stations at Agia Varvara, Korydallos and ...

  • The ETR470s were previously deployed on Trenitalia's Frecciabianca services. (Photo: David Campione)

    Cisalpino Pendolinos to work Athens – Thessaloniki line


    GREECE: Following its acquisition of national passenger operator Trainose, Italy’s FS Group has decided to deploy its 200 km/h ETR470 tilting trains to accelerate inter-city services on the Athens – Thessaloniki main line. This follows trials with one of Trenitalia’s multi-system ETR485 trainsets last year. The first of five ...

  • Testing on an extension of the Athens tram network  to Piraeus began on February 7.

    Trams on test in Piraeus


    GREECE: Testing on an extension of the Athens tram network to Piraeus began on February 7. The 5·4 km single-track loop runs through the centre of Piraeus to the port. Starting at Neo Faliro station on metro Line 1, it runs to Akti Posidonos, before returning to terminate at ...

  • The share transfer agreement for the sale of rolling stock maintenance business EESSTY to Trainose  has been signed.

    Greek rolling stock maintenance privatisation deal signed


    GREECE: The share transfer agreement for the sale of 100% of rolling stock maintenance business EESSTY to the Trainose train operating subsidiary of FS Group for €22m was signed by the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund privatisation agency on October 29. EESSTY was spun out of the former state railway ...

  • The ERT485 Pendolino was hauled through Dobova on August 21 (Photo: Toma Bačić).

    Pendolino to be tested in Greece


    GREECE: One of the ERT485 Pendolino trainsets which Trenitalia uses in Italy is on its way to Greece for testing with a view to possible future deployment on the Athens – Thessaloniki route. Ongoing upgrading projects including the 54 km new alignment between Tithorea and Lianokladi have raised the maximum ...

  • Tram services in Athens are currently operated using Sirio trams supplied by AnsaldoBreda (photo: Artemis Klonos).

    Alstom signs Athens tram contract


    GREECE: Attiko Metro signed a contract with Alstom on July 27 for the supply of 25 trams. The contract is worth €54m excluding VAT, and includes spare parts and maintenance equipment. The EU is providing co-funding from its European Regional Development Fund. The first tram is expected to enter ...