LINE 3 (EGALEO – DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS – AIRPORT)
The construction of Line 3 commenced in November 1992. The 7 first stations of the Line in SYNTAGMA – ETHNIKI AMYNA section were handed over to the public in January 2000, while the last section of the Base Project, SYNTAGMA – MONASTIRAKI section comprising of 1.4km of tunnel and one station, was commissioned in April 2003.
ETHNIKI AMYNA – DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS – AIRPORT EXTENSION
ETHNIKI AMYNA–DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS–AIRPORT extension is a section of the Athens Metro Line 3 covering an underground route of 5,9 km long up to DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS Station. At this point, the Metro trains emerge at the surface level and cover a distance of 20.7 km- using the Suburban Railway network- in order to reach ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS International Airport.
Line 3 extension from ETHNIKI AMYNA to DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS includes 5 stations: HOLARGOS, NOMISMATOKOPIO, AGHIA PARASKEVI, HALANDRI and DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS. NOMISMATOKOPIO Station was commissioned early September 2009, HOLARGOS Station mid July 2010, while AGHIA PARASKEVI Station at the end of December 2010.
At the same time, a new Depot (covering a area of 60, 000 sq.m.) was constructed to serve the needs of Line 3 in the area of Doukissis Plakentias, which is connected to DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS Station via a tunnel, 200m long.
With regard to this extension, it is worth mentioning that:
MONASTIRAKI – EGALEO EXTENSION
Line 3 Extension from Monastiraki to Egaleo is considered to be the most important transportation project in the western suburbs of the city. Regions not properly served by public transportation modes and less developed, exhibiting heavy traffic and quite extensive environmental pollution (Iera Odos and Thivon) are now enhanced thanks to the Metro operation. The Line extension is 4.2 km long and includes 3 stations (KERAMIKOS, ELEONAS & EGALEO) and seven ventilation shafts. The Project was commissioned on May 26th 2007 and the western suburbs of Athens are now directly connected with the International Airport “ELEFTHERIOS VENIZELOS”.
All three new stations are characterized by high aesthetics, while their areas are of particular architectural layout. The stations are decorated with stations-specific works of art. In particular, KERAMIKOS Station is decorated with the work of Yiannis Bouteas entitled “Diastromatossis–Energiakes ikones-XVI”, ELEONAS Station with the work of George Lazongas entitled “Diadromes” and EGALEO Station with the works of the late artist Opy Zouni entitled “Kiones – Skies” and “Tesseris Pyles ston xoro”. In the aforementioned stations, specially designed areas have been also formed where the most significant archaeological finds from the excavations are to be displayed.
The benefits from the operation of the extension to Egaleo are numerous:
New commercial activities are already developed in the surrounding area of the Metro stations, while the fact that the new stations are of high aesthetics will contribute to the upgrading of the image of the wider area.
Moreover, ATTIKO METRO S.A. proceeded with the new configuration of Egaleo Square underneath of which the new Metro Station is located. An underground parking facility of a capacity of 400 places for private vehicles shall be constructed adjacent to this Square for Metro transferring purposes. A similar parking facility shall also be constructed in ELEONAS Station. Finally, a parking facility is under construction in Keramikos.