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  • Athens metro Line 4 contract
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    Athens metro Line 4 main works to begin

    2021-07-12T05:00:00Z

    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, ...

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    Refurbished Pendolino arrives in Greece

    2021-01-20T14:12:00Z

    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

    2020-11-09T14:52:00Z

    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

    2020-09-08T11:00:00Z

    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 ...

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    Greece: Infrastructure investment back on the agenda

    2020-08-24T05:00:00Z

    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

    2020-07-07T13:01:00Z

    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 ...

  • The ETR470s were previously deployed on Trenitalia's Frecciabianca services. (Photo: David Campione)
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    Cisalpino Pendolinos to work Athens – Thessaloniki line

    2019-07-03T11:00:00Z

    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.
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    Trams on test in Piraeus

    2019-02-19T14:54:07Z

    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.
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    Greek rolling stock maintenance privatisation deal signed

    2018-11-05T11:44:56Z

    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).
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    Pendolino to be tested in Greece

    2018-08-22T12:34:16Z

    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).
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    Alstom signs Athens tram contract

    2018-08-02T10:14:18Z

    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 ...

  • The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund has accepted an ‘improved financial offer’ from Trainose for EESSTY.
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    Bid for Greek rolling stock maintenance business accepted

    2018-07-06T09:15:59Z

    GREECE: The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund privatisation agency has accepted an ‘improved financial offer’ from FS Group-owned train operator Trainose for EESSTY, the rolling stock maintenance business which was spun out of the former state railway OSE. HRADF has made a number of attempts to sell EESSTY under a ...

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    RCG venture runs Greek freight trains

    2018-06-28T14:36:01Z

    GREECE: Open access freight venture Rail Cargo Logistics Goldair began operating its own trains on the national rail network on June 27, when it dispatched an initial trip from the RCG terminal at Sindos near Thessaloniki to Idomeni on the border with Macedonia. The joint venture between Austria’s Rail Cargo ...

  • A 106 km double track alignment is being built between Tithorea and Domokos.
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    New alignment opens with the longest railway tunnel in the Balkans

    2018-02-12T11:43:55Z

    GREECE: The first train ran on the recently-completed 54 km Tithorea – Lianokladi line on February 2, following the formal handover of the new line on January 31. The route forms part of a 106 km double track alignment which is being built between Tithorea and Domokos to replace a ...

  • The Thessaloniki metro is under construction and due to open in 2020.
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    Indra awarded Thessaloniki metro ticketing contract

    2017-10-19T15:00:12Z

    GREECE: Indra has won a contract to supply an automated fare collection system for the metro line under construction in Thessaloniki. Indra will supply equipment including ticket vending machines and gates for the 13 stations on the line due to open in 2020. It is envisaged that there ...

  • Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane completed its acquisition of Greek national train operator Trainose on September 14.
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    FS completes acquisition of Greek national operator Trainose

    2017-09-14T14:05:17Z

    GREECE: Italian state railway group Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane completed its acquisition of Greek national train operator Trainose on September 14, when the €45m transaction was officially closed during an Italy-Greece bilateral summit. Privatisation agency Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund had named FS as preferred bidder on July 14 2016. ...

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    State aid for Greek and Bulgarian railways approved

    2017-06-16T11:39:31Z

    EUROPE: The European Commission has decided that financial support being provided by Greece and Bulgaria for their national railways is compatible with EU state aid rules. The Commission said its decisions showed that state aid controls are able to address ‘problematic issues’ around debt levels at some incumbent operators, helping ...

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    Greek transport projects to receive EU funds

    2017-03-31T09:56:40Z

    GREECE: Metro projects in Thessaloniki and Athens are to receive investment from EU cohesion funds, the European Commission announced on March 24. The grants form part of a €1·3bn funding package that would allow projects started in the 2007-13 EU budget period to be completed in the 2014-20 budget period. ...

  • The share purchase agreement for Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane to buy Greece's national train operator Trainose was signed on January 18.
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    FS signs deal to buy Greek national train operator

    2017-01-18T11:37:57Z

    GREECE: The share purchase agreement for Italian state railway group Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane to buy 100% of Greek national passenger and freight train operator Trainose was signed on January 18. Privatisation agency Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund had named FS as preferred bidder on July 14 2016. Russian Railways ...

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    Greece makes another attempt to privatise rolling stock business

    2016-07-28T12:48:00Z

    GREECE: Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund has re-launched the process to privatise Hellenic Company for Rolling Stock Maintenance (EESSTY). Also known as ROSCO, the state-owned business was spun-off from national railway OSE in 2013. It is currently the sole provider of rolling stock maintenance and repair services in Greece, holding ...