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Three first stations of Athens Metro Line 3 extension to operate until summer 2020

Νίκος Καραγιάννης



Μετρό Γραμμή 4

The delivery of the first three stations of Athens Metro Line extension to Piraeus is now a matter of time. As sources close to the project report to, we are just one step before of the operation, which is estimated after Easter, in May or in June, at the latest.

The only visible obstacle at the moment that could possibly extend the deadline is the pending installation and operation of the Automatic Fare Collection System (i.e. gates and machines for the electronic tickets).

As it is known, in the 2013 PPP contract, there was no provision for smart-ticketing systems in the extension to Piraeus, resulting to the order of additional machines (with an extension of the contract) but also the change of the design that originally included the old ticket validation system.

According to information available OASA is making a race against time to complete these tasks on time. The projects have been undertaken by the J/V “HELLAS SMART TICKET”, with the participation of LG CNS-TERNA ENERGY.

The last touches

As for the latest projects at Aghia Varvara, Korydallos and Nikea stations that are now underway, testing of the electromechanical systems are underway. Trial runs have also started for the certification of the safety and functionality of the lines and systems.

In March, the interconnectopm is expected with the existing network in order for the final operation tests to begin. At the same time, the last architectural workw are being completed. The new stations are expected to be a new reference point for the public transport map in areas of Piraeus.

The operation of the remaining 3 stations is estimated in 2022. The biggest ‘thorn’, is Piraeus Metro Station, which is now proceeding at a satisfactory pace. The projects are being carried out by J/V AVAX-GHELLA-ALSTOM and are funded by NSRF 2014-2020.

Piraeus Port to AIA in 1 hour

With the operation of the extension’s first half, Aghia Varvara, Korydallos and Nikea are coming closer to Athens, making the route between Nikea and Syntagma Sq. a matter of just 15 minutes.

Upon the extension’s completion in 2022, Line 3 will connect the port and center of Piraeus with the center of Athens and other major transport gates such as the Airport and the Central Railway Station. Piraeus Station will be then transformed into the largest transport hub in Attica region, owing to the existence of 2 Metro Stations (Line 1 and Line 3), a Suburban Railway Station, Tram, buses, trolley buses stops and the port.

The new section of Line 3 Aghia Marina-Nikea-Dimotiko Theatro will connect the densely populated areas of Aghia Varvara, Korydallos and Nikea to athenian Metro network giving to ‘new passengers’ access to important transport hubs such as Syntagma, Central Railway Station, Doukissis Plakentias, Piraeus Port and Athens International Airport.


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Seven contenders for large-scale PPP building project by Thrace University

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Another PPP project that is anticipated with great interest by the investment community is about to enter its tendering process. The third large building PPP project by Democritus University of Thrace attracted the interest of a total of seven companies: GEK TERNA, ELLAKTOR, AVAX,J/V MYTILINEOS-ATESE, INTRAKAT and THEMELI.

It is reminded that this building project was put up for auction by Democritus University of Thrace in the beginning of May, concerning the construction of student dormitories, educational, research and other infrastructure of the institution and was previously approved by the inter-ministerial committee a few weeks ago with the Senate consequently deciding to to publish the tender notice.

The cost of the project amounts to 107.3m euros (incl. VAT). It is a large complex of building projects that includes: dormitories, university residences, a new central library, a research center and various other buildings. The expression of interest is set for June 23, 2020.

In its announcement, Democritus University of Thrace notes that ‘as a part of DUTH’s Strategic Planning, this project will be a pillar of development, which will make high quality infrastructure, services and specialization available in the area of student welfare (i.e. student dormitories and catering spaces). Concluding, it expresses warm thanks for the support and cooperation with the political and administrative executives of the Special Secretariat for Investments and PPP projects of the Ministry of Growth and Investments.

The scope of the projects

The University of Thrace is ‘spread’ across 4 cities, which means that there are need for the creation of infrastructure in different areas, at the same time. The scope of this new large-scale PPP project is detailed by city:

Alexandroupolis: 4 student dorms (12,194,34 sq.m. for 350 people), a student dining area (3,776,75 sq.m. for 1,500 people) and university residences (12 spaces for at least 4 people, 1,440 sq.m.).

Komotini: 2 student dorms (9,667.36 sq.m. indoor spaces and 3,551,8 sq.m. of outdoor spaces for 350 people), a student dining area (6,000 sq.m. for 2,500 students), a hostel (660 sq.m. for 28 people), university residences (24 residences with blocks of 4 residences, 2,880 s.qm). The construction of a new central library, a reading room and a multi-purpose facility (i.e. one main building covering a surface of 6,000 sq.m. and 17,000 sq.m. in total).

Xanthi: Research Center of Excellence (1 main building with laboratories and research centers, covering 10,000 sq.m. of indoor spaces and 5,000 sq.m. of outdoor spaces).

A project of great added value

A project of this size in Thrace region will have a major impact on the local economy. The fact that there will be construction works in three cities at the same time is expected to revitalize the construction industry and give employment to many companies. It is worth mentioning that it will be the largest building complex, constructed as a PPP in Thrace in many years.

For the wider technical sector, this project means a big relief for the country’s major technical companies that have been experiencing a prolonged ‘drought’.

As noted by the Democritus University of Thrace, “Planning for the sustainable development of DUTH in the immediate future is expected to be a pillar of a new development model in the region and an important part of its history”.

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New ambitious plan for 6 major railway projects in Greece, worth 3.3bn euros

Νίκος Καραγιάννης



Μεγάλα έργα, σιδηροδρομικά

ERGOSE plans to auction 6 very important railway projects through the process of competitive dialogue. Realizing the difficulties of financing but also the time-consuming procedures required to promote the implementation of new major projects, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and ERGOSE are launching a new generation of projects with a total cost of 3.3bn euros aiming to modernize the greek railway and interconnect 6 major ports of the country with the national network.

These projects, according to what Christos Vinis, CEO of ERGOSE, announced from the podium of the 8th Regional Development Conference in Patras(organized by “Peloponnisos” newspaper) last weekend, are as follows:

1. New railway line Thessaloniki-Kavala-Toksotes (i.e. eastern “Railway Egnatia”, with 1.3bn euros

2. Upgrade of Alexandroupoli-Ormenio railway line, with 815m euros

3. Extension of Athens Suburban Railway (“El. Venizelos” Airport-Rafina section), with 300m euros

4. Extension of Athens Suburban Railway (Koropi-Lavrio section), with 380m euros

5. New double-track railway line between Rio and Patra, with 514m euros

6. Connection of Thessaloniki Port 6th Pier with the national network, with 22m euros

According to Mr. Vinis, the choice of the competitive dialogue for the promotion of major railway projects has specific advantages such as the acceleration of the projects’ maturation, the assurance that the best technical solution will be chosen, as a result of the consultation between stakeholders, the possibility of implementing innovative solutions and the compliance with implementation schedules

It is also important that the contractor, after the completion of the dialogue, becomes the master of the project study, thus assuming responsibility for any failure. Now, what remains to be decided is the process by which these projects will run and a more specific timeline for their implementation.

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K. Karamanlis proposes extensive undergrounding of the train line reaching Patras

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A very interesting panel was held today in Patras, within the framework of the 8th Regional Growth Conference organized by “Peloponnisos” newspaper.

During the session entitled: “Regional Policy and New Infrastructure”, the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Mr. Kostas Karamanlis,referred to major infrastructure projects in the region and announced the government’s proposal for extensive undergrounding of the train route to Patras (between Kanellopoulou Street and Dymaion Coast, with a total length of more than 5 km) and its connection to the port of the city (section Aghios Dionysios-Aghios Andreas).

Mr. Karamanlis announced the new approach for the train, aiming to satisfy the local community, releasing at least 17 acres of public space on the surface within the dense urban sprawl, while ensuring, at the same time, the good operation of the Suburban Railway and mainting the connection to Pyrgos. As he said the relevant tender is due to start in the second half of 2021 for a project worth in total 514m euros. When completed, travel time between Athens and Patras will be reduced to just 1 hour and 40 minutes.

The proposal of the Minister of Infrastructure and Transport is of great interest in the region, since the issue of the construction of the train  line has been present for more than 15 years.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Transport also spoke about Patras-Pyrgos Motorway, for which he promised swift developments in order to upgrade the existing, obsolete axis that is extremely dangerous for its users.

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