ATHENS METRO - Commissioning of the extension to Egaleo (24/5/2007)
Statements made by the Minister of PEHODE, Mr. George Souflias
The extension to Egaleo was commissioned today and was handed over to the public. The Minister of PEHODE made the following statements with regard to the above:
"This is a very important day. The Metro finally unifies the western suburbs of Athens, which are neglected in terms of transport, with the remaining suburbs of the city. Areas, cut-off in terms of transport services and underprivileged to a great extent exhibiting huge traffic and environmental problems – such as Iera Odos and Thivon Str. – are now upgraded thanks to the Metro operation.
As you already know, since 2004 that we assumed responsibility in the Ministry of PEHODE, we set the transportation services provided to the residents of the western suburbs as a priority, given that in these areas transport infrastructure projects need to be implemented more than anywhere else in Attica basin.
We strictly adhered to our planning:
Today we hand over to the public three stations characterized by high aesthetics at the extension to Egaleo: KERAMEIKOS, ELAIONAS, EGALEO.
Next year, we will deliver to the public HAIDARI Station and subsequently two additional stations in the area of Peristeri: PERISTERI & ANTHOUPOLI Stations.
I wish to remind you that the tender for the extension of Line 3 from HAIDARI to PIRAEUS, which includes AGHIA VARVARA, KORYDALLOS and NIKAIA Stations, is currently in progress.
In 2004, we completed the construction of AGHIOS ANTONIOS Station and we handed it over to the public.
There will be a total of ten Metro Stations in the western Athens. We make our commitment to implement projects in the “neglected suburbs” of Athens come true. These projects do our daily life better and more human.
Let’s see what the benefits from the construction of these three new Stations will be for the wider area:
First of all, it is estimated that 80 000 passengers will be served on a daily basis. Thanks to the Metro system, it shall take only 7 minutes to cover the distance of 4.2km from Egaleo to Syntagma. The western suburbs of Athens will be connected directly to ELEFTHERIOSVENIZELOSAirport. There is no need to transfer!
The operation of the three new Metro Stations changes radically the image of the underprivileged regions of the Capital, such as ELEONAS). Suffices to say that the revealing of the archaeological finds in EGALEO and ELONAS Stations will certainly constitute a pole of attraction for thousands of Greek citizens and foreign visitors.
Dear Mayor, following your request we proceeded with the new configuration of Egaleo Square. Close to the said square, we will construct an underground parking facility of a capacity of 400 places for private vehicles and it will be subsequently configured into a large unified square. This is our commitment. The design for the construction of the parking has alredy commenced to be prepared. Similar parking facilities will be constructed in the area of the remaining two stations. As to KERAMIKOS, where a parking facility of a capacity of 300 places will be constructed, the Contractor will be appointed in June.
I would also like add that I am particularly satisfied – I could say that I am also proud – that we completed this project. I wish to remind you that this project was delivered to us at its initial stage with major delays, which were due to a series of archaeological, technical, and contractual problems quite difficult to be solved.
Not only have the problems of the past been solved, but we also managed to expedite the completion of the extension and to approach its commissioning date, with the assistance and hard work of Attiko Metro engineers and personnel and of all the employees of the Contracting Joint Venture, and those who predicted severe deviations from the time schedule are now contradicting themselves.
In addition, careful management on the part of ATTIKO METRO resulted in the completion of the project without any cost overrun, thus contradicting those who foresaw calamities.
It is worth drawing our attention to both the aesthetical and the technical aspect of the projects: In technical terms, it is a significant project, with 4200 m. of double track tunnel. Suffices to say that for the construction of the project 700 000 c.m of excavation works were carried out!
The tunnel boring at various locations of the project, mainly underneath Iera Odos was a major technical challenge. Indicatively, I can tell you that for the construction of the tunnel it was deemed necessary that the Metro pass underneath Kifissos river as and encounter the overlaying ancient wells in the area of Keramikos. Despite the technical difficulties, the construction was completed successfully, which is evidence for the construction competence and the experience that the Greek technical firms have acquired, as well as the efficiency and competence of ATTIKO METRO S.A. in difficult and complicated projects, such as the Athens Metro.
The most important thing is that the three new Stations are characterized by high aesthetics, while their areas are of particular architectural layout. The impressive glass made vaults at the ceilings of the stations allow the diffusion of natural light, as well as all materials and architectural elements of each station complementing one another in harmony, compose an image of modern aesthetics and render all new three stations a reference point for the western suburbs.
If we also take into account the especially designed works of art to embellish each Station, as well as the particularly configured areas in which the most important archaeological finds will be revealed, I am sure that they will all be proud of the result of high aesthetics to face during their daily trips to and fro the western suburbs. At this point, allow me to congratulate three important Greek artists, Mr. Yiannis Bouteas, Mr, George Lasongas and Mrs. Opy Zouni, whose works of art will adorn the said stations – the first work of art already adorns KERAMIKOS Station.
However, the Metro projects does not end at Egaleo. We construct the extension of the Line to Haidari at an intensive pace and it will be ready at the end of 2008.
And the most important thing is that the further extension to Piraeus, 8,2 km long with 7 modern stations, has already been initiated, and both the western suburbs and Piraeus district will be served. I wish to stress that it was a conscious decision to give priority to the said extension and not to extensions to other areas.
The tender is currently in progress and the project is to be awarded during the second semester of year 2007, provided that there will be no delays due to objections, appeals etc. Upon implementation of the said extension, the Athens Metro Line 3 will be 50km long; Piraeus will be its starting point and ELEFTHERIOSVENIZELOSAirport its terminal station.
As a total, taking into account the projects currently under construction in Athens & Thessaloniki and those we already started to deliver, we double the length and the Metro Stations of the existing network.
Moreover, if we take into account the extension from Haidari to Piraeus under procurement, the front of Metro works in Greece will be more than doubled as compared to the current Metro network.
We currently construct the largest front of Metro works ever constructed in Greece, budgeted at 2 billion euros.
The Metro is the most important transportation means for the upgrading of quality of life in the city and it will continue to be extended covering most of the areas in Attica basin. This will be also the case for the Thessaloniki Metro. Ina few words, we work based on a schedule with a high sense of responsibility in order to make the citizens’ life better.
I hope that you will all enjoy the project, we hand it over and its operation may commence as of .”
Metro Lines(in km)
In operation to date
Extension to Egaleo
Currently under construction in Athens
Currently under construction in Thessaloniki
Currently under construction - Total
New extensions in Athens (commencement in 2007)
Total of the Extensions
Total of underground Metro network - ΑΤΤΙΚΟ ΜΕΤRO
Metro Line to the Airport
Line1 - ISAP
TOTAL OF THE METRO NETWORK
LINE 3 EXTENSION TO EGALEO – PROJECT INFORMATION
Three (3) stations
Thirteen (13) ventilation shafts
4,200 meters of double track NATM tunnel
520m. of track floating slab at the point where the tunnel passes underneath Keramikos archaeological site and the facilities of 9.84 Radio station.
500 m. of tunnel to provide train access to the new depot in Eleonas under construction
Excavations : 700,000 cubic meters
Shotcrete: 100, 000 cubic meters
Reinforced concrete (tunnels and stations): 170,000 cubic meters
Granites: 15,000 square meters
Marbles: 1,100 square meters
Pebbles: 3,000 square meters
False ceilings: 8,000 square meters
Metal sheds: 700 square meters
Slab paving of the surrounding area: 10,000 square meters
Surfaces made of stainless steel: 3,500 square meters
Handrails: 1,000 meters
Eight (8) lifts
Thirty six (36) Escalators
Eight (8) 20KV /400V AC transformers of dry type of an overall power of 14,260 KVA
Two (2) rectifier transformers 20KV/750V DC of an overall power of 6,600 KVA.
Twenty-six (26) main intake/exhaust air fans of an overall power of 1,700 cubic meters/second.
Two hundred and nine (209) 300 bar cylinders of fire extinguishing environment-friendly gas.
PRCS-SCADA of (SCADA) 3,500 points.
KERAMIKOS Station is the first station of Line 3 extension to Egaleo and is located behind the area of Gazi, in the park surrounded by Triptolemou, Persefonis, Dekeleon and Voutadon Streets. The station has been constructed at a depth of 21 meters and has two entrances/exits; its west entrance is located at Dekeleon Street and the east entrance at Triptolemou Street. At the first level (concourse level), the station areas are spaciously arranged around the glass vault of the station ceiling. The fair-faced concrete, granites, glass-panels and steel structures used complement in a harmonious manner the architecture of KERAMIKOS Station.
ELEONAS Station is located at a depth of 26 meters underneath Iera Odos street, at its intersection with Em. Papa Street. The interior area of the station is characterized by two impressive underground vaults, which mark the focal circulation point to and from the platform escalators. At the concourse level, one out of the two underground vaults ends to a cylindrical glass ceiling at street level, enabling thus the diffusion of light on the entire first level of the station. The shotcrete used on the platforms, alternating with smooth granite surfaces and the stainless steel details reveal the geometric elements of the area. At the street level, right above the station, the most significant finds of the archaeological excavation shall be displayed in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture.
EGALEO Station is the terminal station of Line 3 extension from Monastiraki to Egaleo. This is an underground station with a central platform, constructed at a depth of approximately 20m underneath Iera Odos street, at the level of Estavromenos Square. EGALEO Station has two entrances: the northern entrance is located on Estavromenos Square, while the southern entrance is located on Al. Papanastasiou street. Natural light reaches the first level of the station, i.e. the concourse area and the ticketing offices. At Estavromenos Square level, ATTIKO METRO, in co-operation with the Ministry of Culture, shall display the archaeological finds both at the square level and in specially configured showcases in the interior of the station.