ATTIKO METRO S.A. is a state company of high scientific training, which, based on reliable scheduling and systematic work implements the development of the Athens Metro network.
Nowadays, the two Lines of the Athens Metro are 51.1km long in total (including 20.7km of suburban railway line from DOUKISSIS PLAKENTIAS Station to the Airport) with 28 modern Stations and serve approximately 650,000 passengers on a daily basis. In addition, Line 1 of ISAP serves more than 415,000 passengers. Therefore, combined with the Tramway and the Suburban Railway, the Metro System contributes to the development of a Modern Transit Model and to the enhancement of the every-day life in Attica Basin.
ATTIKO METRO S.A. continues the implementation of particularly significant projects, whereby, the existing Metro Lines are extended by 13 km in total with 13 new Stations to be integrated into the network. The time schedule for the completion of those projects is set for the period between 2007 and 2009. The cost of the Metro extensions amounts to 1.4 billion euros in total, while the funds (subsidy) for this Program shall be secured by the European Union at a percentage of 50%. At the same time, ATTIKO METRO S.A. proceeds with the implementation of new network extensions; the tender for the Line 3 further extension from Haidari to Piraeus is progressing the objective being the Municipality of Piraeus to be served by four Metro Stations and to be connected to the Airport. Moreover, the Ministry of Environment, Urban Planning and Public Works (YPEHODE) investigates all possible funding methods for the construction of a new Line, Line 4, which is anticipated to alter dramatically the transportation map of Athens, since the estimated ridership is anticipated to reach 400,000 passengers/day, as well as to upgrade significantly life in Attica Basin. Line 4 shall be 20.9 km long, with 20 Stations (with a cost estimate amounting to 2.1 billion euros), which will cover the route Alsos Veikou “Panepistimio“ Evangelismos “Ano Ilissia“ Katehaki Maroussi.
Further to the comfort, speed and reliability of its itineraries, the Athens Metro is renowned for the impressive archaeological exhibits at the central stations of its network, as well as the works of art of prominent artists, which embellish almost all stations of Lines 2 and 3. It is worth mentioning that thanks to the construction of the Athens Metro, the greatest archaeological excavation was carried out in Athens (79.000 m2), which brought to light more than 50,000 archaeological finds from the Neolithic period until the present day.
One of the most important and complicated projects of the Athens Metro S.A. is the Metro construction in Thessaloniki. The Contract for the Metro construction, 9.6 km long, with 13 modern stations was signed in April 7th 2006 and the construction works of the project are under development. The experience, know-how and effectiveness of ATTIKO METRO S.A. will lead to the construction of a state-of-the-art Metro network, whose technological standards shall be even higher than those of the Athens Metro. THESSALONIKI METRO shall constitute an alternative transportation mode within the city, since over 250,000 passengers are expected to use the System on a daily basis. At the same time, ATTIKO METRO S.A. commenced the design of the Metro extensions in order to gradually develop a complete network in Thessaloniki that will serve most of the areas of the city.
The Ministry of PEHODE and ATTIKO METRO S.A. aim at creating a network that will serve more and more neighborhoods of Athens and Thessaloniki, thus, boosting local economy, changing their image and mainly reducing distances.
The most extensive front of Metro Projects ever performed in Greece is currently progressing at an intensive pace. All ATTIKO METRO employees make a co-ordinated effort on a daily basis in view of delivering in due time the modern Metro stations in several areas of Athens, such as Peristeri, Anthoupoli, Haidari, Holargos, Halandri, Aghia Paraskevi, Ilioupoli, Alimos, Argyroupoli and Elliniko.
The Metro Line 3 Extension, 4.3 km long with three (3) new stations extending from MONASTIRAKI to EGALEO was commissioned in May 2007. The Metro network continues to be expanded with the construction of new Stations, while the next 1.5 kilometres of Line 3 towards HAIDARI with one new Station is already at an advanced construction phase. In particular, until the present date, 600 meters of tunnel have already been bored from three (3) different fronts, while the Civil Works executed in the area of HAIDARI Station are in progress. It is noted that this contracting work also includes the construction of a parking facility for private vehicles right next to this Station with an overall capacity of 380 places.
Concurrently, after the successful completion and operation of AGHIOS ANTONIOS Station in summer 2004, and within 2009, two more new Metro Stations will be constructed in the Municipality of Peristeri, one of the largest Municipalities in Greece. In particular, the Civil Works executed in PERISTERI Station are currently in progress, while this contracting work also includes the unification/reconfiguration of Peristeri Central Square, which shall cover an area of 10,000 square meters in total. Concurrently, the works for the boring of the remaining 350m of tunnel required for the completion of the entire extension of this Line (1.5 km) are in progress.
The project of the Extension of Line 2 to ELLINIKO will add to the ATHENS METRO network 5.5 km of Underground Line and 4 new Stations (ILIOUPOLI, ALIMOS, ARGYROUPOLI, ELLINIKO). Construction works are currently executed in 14 worksite areas (Stations, ventilation shafts, underground stabling area) along Vouliagmenis Avenue, without affecting the traffic of vehicles while keeping intact the green area in the central island along Vouliagmenis Avenue. The Tunnel Boring Machine Ninisâ, which initiated its tunneling activities from Sourmena Shaft, has already bored 1,350 meters of tunnel without causing any disturbance to the city, and is currently moving towards ALIMOS Station.
The construction works executed in the three new Stations of Line 3 (NOMISMATOKOPIO, HOLARGOS and AGHIA PARASKEVI) are currently in full swing; these stations shall be gradually put into operation in summer 2008. In NOMISMATOKOPIO Station, which is the first Metro Station on Messogion Avenue that travelers from Agia Paraskevi, Messogia region and the eastern suburbs of Attica region meet, a Bus Transfer Station shall be constructed in the framework of the same contracting work, along with an underground Parking Facility for private vehicles of a capacity of 470 places.
The Athens Metro network is now extending towards Aghia Varvara, Korydallos, Nikea, Maniatika and Piraeus with 8.2 km of underground line and seven (7) new stations. Today, the 1st phase of the Tender is completed, while it is expected that the Contractor of the Project shall be nominated within the 1st semester of 2008. The construction of a new 20.9 km long Metro Line, Line 4, with twenty (20) stations is currently at the design phase.