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Double-track railway line between Kiato and Aigio in commercial operation

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It took 9 whole years to see the train “whistling” again in the prefectures of Western Korinthia and Achaia and a total of 14 years since the first upgrade works began. It was June 2006, when the opening of the new double-track railway line to Corinth shutted down the rest of the metric line to Rio, in order for upgrade works to start.

Since then, the reopening of the train line -at least up to Aigio which was the first large section- had been announced several times. The contracts of 2007 started but were not fullfilled, prompting ERGOSE to proceed to a so-called “sweep contract” in 2013 so that the project could be completed.

From the tendering process the contract of the 273m-euro worth project was awarded to the J/V METKA-XANTHAKIS-THALES with a discount of 48.86%. On September 11, 2014 the construction contract was signed with an initial completion schedule of 24 months.

The inauguration

The railway line was finally inaugurated on July 14 2020 by the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Kostas Karamanlis, who referred extensively to the history of the project, saying that the current government received it with several problems and delays, while pledging to start immediately road accessibility projects to the stations.

For his part, Panagiotis Gardelinos, General Manager of Infrastructure Projects at Mytilineos, noted: “Today we are doubly proud because we deliver a project of sustainable development and friendly to the environment. I am proud of this project, we undertook it in 2014 in the midst of the crisis and today the line is delivered to operation on time after a period of more than 10 years”.

Referring to the Minister, he said that after the institutional interventions, the projects will be at the center of the country’s growth course. He also spoke about the new operational unit of Mytilineos that is moving on the axis of sustainable development projects.

The new Kiato-Aigio line

The new double-track railway line can develop speeds of up to 200km/h in places. At present the new line doesn’t have electrification and the relevant contract is expected to be signed soon (with the contractor again being Mytilineos) and by 2022 to be completed.

In a total of 71 km, there are 3 Stations (Xylokastro, Akrata and Aigio) and 6 stops (Diminio, Lykoporia, Lygia, Platanos, Diakopto and Eliki), while the train is connected to Rack Railway Diakopto-Kalavrita.

Due to the absence of electrification, the route “breaks” in two. The train starts from Piraeus with the electric Desiro trains and as soon as it arrives in Kiato, it waits for the diesel Rail Bus.

From there passengers switch to the new train and after 5-6 minutes it starts the second part of the itinerary to Aigio. The opposite procedure is followed with the directio to Athens, There will also be a connection with “Eleftherios Venizelos” International Airport in Athens, with three routes

In its final form, the intercity electric train will reach the center and the port of Patras with undergrounded 5.1 km in a total time of 110 minutes, i.e. in 1 hour and 40 minutes (on express routes).

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Technical offer for Hellinikon casino project, approved

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Καζίνο Ελληνικό Mohegan ΓΕΚ ΤΕΡΝΑ

Α step forward has been taken in the case of the casino in Elliniko since, as it became known, the technical offer of Mohegan-GEK TERNA consortium was approved by the Gaming Supervision and Control Committee (EEEEP), which is also the finalist for this large-scale project.

What remains now is the award of the tender, a step which is currently unknown when it will take place due to the pending case of Hard Rock International’s appeal to the Council of State. It is reminded that the American company made this move despite the repeated negative decisions for it in this tender, due to the rejection of its offer.

The completion of the tender for the Integrated Resort Casino (IRC), is a basic deferral condition for the initiation of the project in Elliniko, which means that the relevant contract must first be signed in order for the signatures concerning the large investment in the spaces of former international airport to be completed.

Inspire Athens

The official name given by Mohegan-GEK TERNA consortium is “Inspire Athens” and is a mega-project, in fact the largest building project in Greece, while for GEK TERNA will be a top addition to the portfolio of projects that implements.

“Inspire Athens”, the first integrated tourist complex with casino in Greece, consists of a luxury hotel, entertainment venues, conference center, shops, restaurants, as well as a complete range of high quality services. The project will help to inaugurate a new era of touristic development and economic prosperity for Greece and the whole region.

The flagship design of the building is a creation of the international architectural firm Steelman Partners, which specializes in the design and construction of IRC complexes.

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Shift2Rail approves €75.4m funding for 19 projects

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The Shift2Rail (S2R) joint venture (JV) has announced that it will provide up to €75.4m in funding for 19 projects worth a total of €147.7m under the 2020 call for proposals for research and innovation (R&I) activities.

S2R members will undertake eight projects worth €127.7m, with the JV providing €55.4m in funding. An additional 11 open call projects worth €22m have been approved, of which up to €20m will be funded by S2R.

A total of 242 participants will be involved in the projects, with 29% of these small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

S2R received 43 requests for a combined €113.3m in funding in the call for proposals, which was around 50% more than the funding available.

“This is an important transition moment for S2R and the rail research and innovation community at large,” says S2R executive director, Mr Carlo Borghini. “These new projects are our ticket to moving into the successor programme and beyond R&I to market uptake of our forward-looking solutions.”

S2R has invested its full budget of €400m over the past four years, resulting in the launch of research worth an estimated €1bn. Last year, S2R published the inaugural edition of its Catalogue of Solutions, which offers railway executives and buyers a clearer picture of what the rail solutions of the future will look like.

 

Source: railjournal.com

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Pyrgos-Kalo Nero road project in Western Peloponnese, signed

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The important road project concerning the upgrade of road safety on Pyrgos-Kalo Nero axis was signed. The contractor of the project is ODOS ATE with a discount rate of 46.53%. It is a 54 km long interregional project. which includes works in both the Prefecture of Ilia and of Messinia, improving the characteristics of the existing section and increasing the level of road safety. The contracting authority is the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

The project was signed on July 23 at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, in Papagou. The initial cost of the project reached 19.8m euros (VAT incl., excl. VAT: 15.96m euros). The auction of the project took place on September 12 and the unsealing of the offers on September 18, 2019. A total of eight companies participated.

The duration of the contract is 730 days, i.e. 2 years. According to rough calculations, the projects, if there aren’t any delays during the construction period, will be completed in the middle of 2021.

The financing of the project will be covered by the NSRF 2014-2020 and more specifically by the O.P. YME-PERAA. It is reminded that Pyrgos-Kalo Nero was part of Olympia Odos until 2013. Then in the famous “restart”, the whole section from Patras to Tsakona was out of the scope of the project. This section also includes the area of ​​Kaiaphas, which has been designated as Natura.

The scope of the project is the implementation of short-term interventions in order to improve road safety featured on the road section of National Road 9 (National Road 9: Patra-South Messinia) “Pyrgos-Kalo Nero”, with a total length of 54 km, in the Regional Units Ilia (42 km) and Messinia (12 km).

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