A GREEK-GERMAN consortium has been selected to supply 40 AC-motored EMUs for the Athens metro in time for the 2004 Olympic Games. Athens-Piraeus Electric Railways has awarded a DM300m contract to the consortium of Hellenic Shipyards, Adtranz and Siemens Verkehrstechnik. First deliveries are due in December 1999, with the last cars to be in service by the end of 2003.

Destined to operate Line 1 between Piraeus and Kifissia, the EMUs will run as three or six-car trains. Each unit will have two powered driving cars equipped with three-phase motors and a centre trailer.

As consortium leader, Hellenic Shipyards will build the stainless-steel bodyshells, provide interior fittings, and assemble the cars. Mechanical expertise and mechanical and electrical components, including bogies, will come from Adtranz. Siemens will be responsible for electrical engineering, the traction package, and control systems. The consortium hopes to supply similar vehicles for metro Lines 2 and 3 now under construction. o