Heraklion (Photo: Pixabay)

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 studies.

A three-phase development programme is envisaged. The first phase would cover a line within the city centre, the second phase would include extensions to Knossos, the university and Ammoudara, and the third phase would take the line to a planned airport in Kastelli, 38 km from the city. A railway to the new airport is also being considered.

Initial studies for a tramway in Heraklion were undertaken in the 1990s, when a German-Swiss consortium proposed two lines totalling 14 km and a fleet of 14 vehicles.