Construction of TRAMWAY extensions
ATTIKO METRO S.A. by virtue of the recent legal provision (Number of Law 4070/12) assumed the responsibility to continue the expansion of the Tramway network, after a design and construction of the sections on the existing lines, as exhibited below:
Extension to Piraeus (Νeo Faliro – Downtown area – Piraeus Port)
|Route||Neo Faliro – Mikras Asias – Lambraki – Vas. Georgiou A’ – Port – Ethn. Antistaseos – Om. Skylitsi – Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF)|
|Length||To Piraeus: 3.1 km|
From Piraeus: 2.3 km
|Number of Stops||7 new stops on the inbound route: Karaiskaki Stadium – M. Asias – Lambraki – Evangelistria – Pl. Deligianni – Dimarchio – Akti Possidonos|
5 new stops on the outbound route: Ag. Triada – Pl. Ippodamias – 34ou Syntagmatos – Androutsou – Om. Skylitsi
On January 14th 2013, ATTIKO METRO S.A. and THEMELI S.A. Contracting Company signed the Contract for the construction of the Tramway Extension to Piraeus, of an amount equal to EURO 61.5 million. This Project is funded in the framework of the National Strategic Reference Framework and “Attica 2007-2013” Operational Program, as well as in the framework of “Attica 2014-2020” Regional Operational Program, and it is supervised by the Special Service for the Management of the Operational Program “Attica Prefecture”.
Prior to the commencement of the main construction works, new traffic arrangements were implemented in the centre of Piraeus in view of providing improved services to the citizens.
The construction of the tramway has already been completed since 2019, while the relevant operational tests have been successful.
The delivery of the Tramway Expansion to Piraeus for revenue service to serve the public was scheduled to take place at the beginning of last January. The unfortunate incident of the fire to a building listed for preservations adjacent to the tramway, on Omiridou Skylitsi Street, on 03.01.2020, suspended the tramway commissioning for safety reasons, following an order issued to Attiko Metro S.A.by the Piraeus Traffic Police.
After the fire incident, the competent bodies resolved that the said private building had to be demolished. The pertinent technical and legal procedures have been initiated in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Piraeus.
In addition, a prerequisite for the smooth circulation and commissioning of the Tramway is the completion of the works of the reconfiguration of the Faliro bay, a project falling under the responsibility of the Attica Prefecture, which is currently in progress.
Moreover, Attiko Metro S.A. has conducted an international tender for the procurement of 25 new Tramway trains, so as to further improve the transport services provided by the existing network of the Athens Tramway, as well as to cover new needs in rolling stock arising from the extension of the Tramway network and also to contribute in the sustainable and green development of transportations in the Attica region.
The tramway vehicles are branded “Citadis”, manufactured by ALSTOM in the company’s factory in Barcelona, Spain, they belong to the latest Citadis line and they offer a new trip experience, high level of comfort, reduced operating costs and unique aesthetics to enhance the image of the city.
The vehicles’ length is 33.3 meters, their width 2.40 meters and their carrying capacity is 54 seated passengers and 160 standees (total 214), under loading conditions of 4 passengers per square meter
They are fitted with ergonomic passenger seats, panoramic windows providing clear view, they offer improved accessibility with double doors, modern LED lighting, improved air conditioning, and spaces for prams, wheelchairs or even bicycles.
In addition, easy movement of passengers inside the vehicle is permitted, since the vehicle’s design calls for a low height and completely flat floor.
Finally, they offer state-of-the-art technology, as well as safe transport, high performance, dynamic visual and audio information for passengers, they are ease to use / drive, with very low preventive maintenance costs.
The first two vehicles arrived in Athens on August 28, 2020 and gradually, by the end of May 2021, the entire fleet of 25 new vehicles is expected to be delivered, so that after the static and dynamic tests on the Tramway network, they can be released for revenue service.
Attiko Metro and the Ministry of Infrastructures and Transport expect that the public will embrace the new vehicles as an asset belonging to all of us and will appreciate their advanced technology, cleanliness and aesthetics, recognizing their contribution, along with other infrastructure Projects, in the enhancement of the image of a modern European capital like Athens and a primary European port like Piraeus
Finally, it is important to emphasize that in addition to rendering transport services, Attiko Metro SA substantially contributes to the upgrading of the wider areas served by the new Tramway Extension to Piraeus, by enhancing greenery in existing parks, as well as by configuring new green spaces. A new waste collection system of the latest technology with underground collection bins is also installed in the framework of the project.
With all the above infrastructure projects, the largest Port of the country is transformed into a modern mass transport hub, incorporating and functionally integrating two Metro Lines (Lines 1 and 3), the actual Port, the Suburban Railway and the Tramway network, effectively facilitating the thousands of passengers who wish to travel by passenger ships.
Piraeus Extension – Phase B’ (Neo Faliro – City Centre – Piraeus Port)
|Route||Connection between the centre of Piraeus and Hatzikyriakio Foundation and Freatyda|
|Length||2.8km of single track and 1 km of double track|
|Number of Stops||10 new stops|
Extension to Argyroupoli
|Route||Elliniko – Depot – Argyroupoli|
|Number of Stops||3 new stops|
Εxtension from Syntagma to Egyptou Square (Pedio tou Areos)
|Route||Syntagma – Pedio Areos|
|Number of Stops||4 new stops|
Extension to Keratsini
|Route||Piraeus Port – Keratsini Port|
|Number of Stops||6 new stops|
The Athens Tramway network consists in two lines and runs the routes from Syntagma to Voula, from Syntagma to Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF) and from SEF to Voula. Its total length is 25.9km (including also the 2.2km of the line connecting the Depot with the service line).
The Project is an investment of 340 million EURO and was funded mainly with subsidies from the Community Support Programs and Loans from the European Investment Bank.
For the largest portion (95%) of its network, the Tramway vehicles run on an exclusive use corridor.
There is a total of forty eight (48) stops on the Tramway network, three (3) of which, i.e. “SYNTAGMA”, “SEF” and “ASKLIPIIO VOULAS” are terminal stops. The average distance between stops is 460 meters and there are four (4) stops giving the option to transfer to the Metro, namely the stops of Syntagma, Neos Kosmos, Fix and SEF.
The average travel speed of the Tramway vehicles is 22 km/h and the max. speed they are permitted to reach is 70 km/h on the coastal section of the route and 50 km/h on the urban section.