Smoggy Athens seeks relief from 10 klm extension to subway network





Construction of an additional line to the Athens metro will commence in summer, adding 15 stations to the underground train network.


Authorities put the final signatures on the 1.2 billion euro construction agreement earlier this week, in a project that is expected to improve living conditions in the Greek capital and reshape the city’s real estate map.


Initial construction work on line 4 of the Athens metro is expected to start in coming weeks and last for eight years before being complete.


Athens, which has one of the highest smog levels among Europe capitals, is expected to benefit significantly from the project as it will serve an estimated 340,000 commuters on a daily basis.


Like other European cities such as Rome and Paris, Athens is pushing ahead with key infrastructure projects in a bid to support economic growth and provide greener social and work conditions.


In the Greek capital, however, few bike paths are on offer with most central districts suffering from heavy traffic congestion.


The extension to the Athens metro, took 15 years to prepare, held back by the country’s decade long economic crisis and legal disputes. Originally built in 2000, the subway currently has existing three lines, providing 64 stations across the city and is one of the cleanest and safest in the world.


Line 4 will snake through the northern suburbs to the city center and then extend eastward. Separately, Greek authorities are also planning to add more stations to the Athens metro in the western suburbs.


The new stations to be added from line 4 are: Alsos Veikou, Galatsi, Elikonos, Kypseli, Courts (Dikastiria), Alexandras Av., Exarchia, Akadimia, Kolonaki, Evangelismos, Kessariani, Panepistimioupoli, Zografou, Ilissia and Goudi.




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