Projects in progress
All projects included in the Modernisation Program of the Greek railway network are incorporated into the Trans-European Networks of high-speed or combined transport or even conventional trains, as the case may be. As a result, the financial contribution of the European Funds in the implementation of the Program will be significant. More specifically, the investment program for the period of 1989-1993 (243 millionEuro or 83 billion GRD) was co-financed by the European Union through the First Community Support Framework, while for the period 1994-1999 (1,349 million EUR or 435 billion GRD) from the 2nd Community Support Framework and the 1st Cohesion Fund.
In Greece, the network modernisation projects in progress will be completed over the period 2006-2008. On the PATHE axis (Patra - Athens - Thessaloniki - Idomeni), the double, electrified and remotely controlled track to be constructed will enable minimum traffic speeds of 200km/h. The travel times will be reduced, i.e. Athens -Thessaloniki route to 3 hours and 30 minutes instead of 5 hours and 30 minutes currently, and Athens - Patra route to less than 2 hours instead of 3 hours and 30 minutes currently. Furthermore, the modernization of the remaining regional network will also proceed significantly.
The railway projects mainly extend on the Patra - Athens - Thessaloniki - Idomeni axis towards FYROM and Promahona towards Bulgaria. This axis is approx. 1,000km long. Furthermore, other regional networks are being reconstructed using national resources, i.e. networks of West Macedonia, East Macedonia and Thrace and the so-called V, as Peloponnese , Patra - Kalamata - Corinth route resembles this letter of the Latin alphabet.
In addition, the Agrinio - Messologgi - Kryonerio track is constructed in the prefecture of Etoloakarnania, extending the current network by 62km. It is a line constructed in the homeland of Charilaos Trikoupis and put out of operation in 1971. What is of great importance, however, are the projects performed in order to improve and upgrade the existing network. Thus, it is worth mentioning that a lot of projects are currently in progress on the network relating to all three railway regions of the country, namely the regions of Macedonia - Thrace, Peloponnese, and Athens. The entire network constitutes an extensive working site.
The new modern rolling stock that arrive, will renew the fleet of OSE and lead to a service level similar to that of the most advanced European networks.