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The Thessaloniki Metro Development Study has been signed

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A very important contract for Thessaloniki was signed yesterday at the offices of Attiko Metro and concerns the famous Thessaloniki Metro Development Study. It is essentially the beginning for the investigation of the needs of urban transportation and their imprinting for the creation of a future dense Metro network that will cover the entire urban complex of the city.

The signatories of yesterday’s ceremony were the CEO of Attiko Metro SA. Mr. Nikos Kouretas, the president of Α.Μ. Nikos Tachiaos and the President of the design company ADT OMEGA SA Mr. Charalambos Andrikopoulos.

The purpose of the study is to investigate the needs for new Metro projects after the implementation of the Main Metro Line and the Expansion to Kalamaria and to formulate a Metro Network Development Plan in Thessaloniki, in the framework of an updated Transport Plan for the city, with a planning horizon of 2040. The Study will also identify the needs of travel demand and related infrastructure projects in Thessaloniki.

The study includes:

1. The current situation in the whole Prefecture of Thessaloniki (movement of 12,000 households selected by random statistical sampling, Declared Preference survey, inventory of road network characteristics, roadside survey and public transport survey). These surveys will be carried out in the next standard traffic period (March – May 2020), in order to have sufficient preparation and to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus on daily movements.
2. Analysis of the current situation.

3. Configuration of alternative scenarios of transport infrastructure networks.

4. Development of a transport model.

The total duration of the contract is 2 years. The main staff of the study team consists of 22 experienced traffic engineers and other scientists. Mr. George Nellas has been appointed General Coordinator (Project Manager) responsible for the execution of the respective study in Athens.

ADT OMEGA will also be assisted by the company SYSTEMA, which has participated in the drafting of the National Strategic Transport Plan of the Country. It is estimated that more than 100 people will be employed during the surveys.
The estimated remuneration of the works was 2,990,000 euros plus VAT and the discount given was 32.7% as revealed to you by ypodomes.com.

Satisfaction from Attiko Metro-ADT OMEGA

The President of ATTICA METRO SA, -a first-hand knower of the conditions in the co-capital- Nikos Tachiaos, said he was happy to sign the contract because using the traffic forecasting model that will be produced by the Study, there can be designed in a rational way, not only the extensions of the Thessaloniki Metro, but also the entire traffic network of public and private means of transport in cooperation with the city’s bodies.

Mr. Panagis Toniolos, executive of ADT OMEGA and President of SEGM, praised the executives of ATTICA METRO for the exemplary professional treatment of the assignment process and pointed out the fact that this study is a real “infrastructure study”, necessary for the rational planning of transport infrastructure of Thessaloniki corresponding to the Athens Metro Development Study prepared in the period 1996-2000

It is to be reminded that the submission of bids took place on May 29, 2019, from where the contractor of the project emerged. The research – due to coronavirus – is expected to take place in the spring of 2021, however, the necessary actions for the implementation of the surveys will start immediately.
In fact, according to information from ypodomes.com, ADT OMEGA intends to open an office in Thessaloniki, to ensure the best possible result by being really present in the field of research.

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