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Ride but don't park

No carparks at any of Athens' four new metro stations

Although Elliniko and Argyroupoli stations border the massive 624-hectare expanse that was once Athens international airport, the state privatisation agency, which is selling the plot, is refusing to provide the 30-40 hectares needed to build two car parks

Images from the four new metro stations (Photo: (cc) athenstransport.com) Images from the four new metro stations (Photo: (cc) athenstransport.com) Athens got four new metro stations on Friday with the opening at noon of a 5.5km extension bringing the subway to southeastern suburbs of Iliopouli, Alimos, Argyroupoli and Elliniko.

The new stations – all on the red Line 2 – will serve an estimated 83,000 passengers a day, 60,000 of them expected to be new commuters.

Passengers will now be able to get from Elliniko, the new terminus, to Syntagma, in the city centre, in 14 minutes.

Athens now has 60 metro stations. 

But while operator Attica Metro estimates that the new stations will reduce the number of car journeys by 50,000 in Athens – and by 13,000 on Vouliagmenis Ave alone – commuters will not be able to easily park and ride due to the absence of the necessary facilities at the stations.

Elliniko and Argyroupoli stations border the massive unused expanse that was once Athens international airport, all 624 hectares of which are now up for sale by the state privatisation agency HRADF.

In all, 30-40 hectares would be enough to build two car parks, but HRADF has refused to entertain a request from the local municipality to provide the space.  

New trains

In order to meet the needs of the expanding network – another new station is scheduled to open in September - seven new metro trains, each consisting of six carriages, will enter service from Friday.

Costing a total of €155, they were manufactured by the South Korean Hyundai Rotem-Hanwha consortium and have a maximum speed of 80kmph.

Bus route changes

The opening of the four new stations will bring changes to the routes and timetables of a number of bus lines serving the suburbs, from Saturday 27 July.

The changes are:

* Line E22 will no longer run depart from the city centre at Sina St. From Saturday, it will run only between Elliniko and Saronida
* Line X97 will no longer depart from Dafni metro station, but from Elliniko metro station. The remainder of the route to Athens airport remains unchanged
* Line 101 will run between Elliniko and Alimos
* Line 124 will run from Glyfada to Elliniko metro station via Agia Triada
* Line 141 will operate a new route, from Dafni metro station to Kalamaki
* Line 155 will be combined with line 216 to cover the route between Alimos metro station and Agia Marina
* Line 171 will depart from Elliniko metro station for Varkiza, and not Agios Dimitrios as before
* Line 247 will operate new route, from Argyroupoli to Kalamaki

The following services will be abolished
* Line 202
* Line 210

In addition, the frequency of the B2 bus service from Akadamias to Agios Kosmos will be increased

Traffic restrictions on Friday

In related news, Athens Metro warns that traffic restrictions will be in place on Friday, when a tunnel boring machine will be transported from Elefsina port to Agia Varvara, a new station being constructed on Line 3.

The massive machine will be taken along Megarides Ave, Dimoratias Ave, Athens-Corinth new national highway, Iera Odos, and Venizelou streets. 

 

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