THESSALONIKI METRO- Memorandum of Understanding and Co-operation between the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and ATTIKO METRO S.A.

A Memorandum of Understanding and Co-operation was signed today on Wednesday March 21st 2007 at the Rectory of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki between the Chairman of ATTIKO METRO S.A. BoD, Mr. George Yannis and the Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Mr. Anastassios Manthos for the construction of the Metro section concerning the University of Thessaloniki which also includes the creation of underground car parks for the city of Thessaloniki and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Based on the planning of the Metro project, it is provided for to serve in terms of transportation the University Campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with two stations: SYNTRIVANI and PANEPISTIMIO.
The first station is located at Syntrivani Square and partly in an area within the University Campus close to the Faculty of Theology, while the second close to the intersection of Egnatias Street with 3 Septemvriou Avenue and partly within the University Campus, close to the Technical University. Between the two stations, as well as in the area of the University Campus, in front of the Library of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, it is also provided for to install a shaft. In some cases, the Metro tunnels will pass underneath the premises of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at a depth of approximately 12-15 m. underneath the deepest foundations of the existing buildings.

Given that the most significant section of the Metro project is carried out within the area of the University Campus, or underneath the premises of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, it was deemed necessary to arrange, upon conclusion of the said Memorandum, issues of co-operation between the two parts, in order to ensure on the one hand the smooth, unobstructed and secure operation of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki throughout both the construction and the operation of the project thanks to the prompt settlement of issues that may arise, and, on the other hand, in order to facilitate and expedite works related to the construction of the project. For the time being, based on the said Memorandum such issues as the following are settled:

The organization of the worksite areas

ATTIKO METRO S.A. will make every possible effort in order to minimize the unavoidable disturbance within the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki due to the construction works for the Thessaloniki Metro. The development of the worksite areas will be executed in such a way as to not reduce traffic lanes on Egnatias street, while upon completion of work ATTIKO METRO S.A. will make every possible effort for the upgrading in terms of aesthetics/operation of the areas under occupation, following an approval granted by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Safety of the premises of the University

The cost for the preparation of a special design for the safety of the said buildings of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki will be borne by.;Then, ATTIKO METRO S.A will proceed with the implementation of all the appropriate measures in co-operation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The expropriations

ATTIKO METRO will proceed with the expropriations of the areas of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The laboratories of the Technical University

The cost for the preparation of a specialized study on the impact of the trains passing underneath the labs of theTechnical University will be borne by ATTIKO METRO; subsequently, ATTIKO METRO will proceed with the implementation of all the measures that may be required to be taken in co-operation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Car park areas

ATTIKO METRO will proceed with the preparation of designs in co-operation with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki aiming at constructing underground car parks with a capacity of 2000 places in the area of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in order to provide transportation services to the Metro passengers and the University Community.

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