Work starts on key extension to Athens subway

Work has start on the construction on the latest extension to the Athens underground train line, in a project set to reshape the capital’s real estate market.

Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis said in a tweet that work has commenced on Line 4 that will add 15 stations to the underground train network, serving some of the city’s most densely populated areas.

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 considered to be 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 in a U-type shape.

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.

Separately, Greek authorities are also planning to add more stations to the Athens metro in the western suburbs.