Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Misotakis announced the construction of a 1.6 billion euro metro line set to transform Athens, during an event held at Alsos Veikou open theatre on Tuesday evening.
Joined by Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis, Mitsotakis said that the new metro line 4 will “serve the most densely populated areas, will add significant value to properties, and will provide access to the Metro at emblematic areas.”
It is estimated that the ambitious new rail project will reduce private car transportation by nearly 53,000 daily, with a reduction of CO2 emissions amounting to approximately 319 tons/day.
Metro Line 4 will cover nearly 13 km from Alsos Veikou in Galatsi to Goudi, serve the municipalites of Athens, Galatsi, Kessariani and Zografou and carry nearly 340,000 passengers on a daily basis.
It will include 15 new stations: Alsos Veikou, Galatsi, Elikonos, Kypseli, Courts (Dikastiria), Alexandras Av., Exarchia, Akadimia, Kolonaki, Evangelismos, Kessariani, Panepistimioupoli, Zografou, Ilissia and Goudi and serve key buildings and facilities.
These include hospitals, the courts, the National Polytechnic University, the National Archaeological Museum, the Culture Ministry, the University of Athens (UoA) Law School, the Benaki Museum (Koumbari St.), the British Council, and Panepistimioupoli, the UoA campus in Zografou.
In addition, four new stations – Exarchia, Akadimia, Kolonaki, and Evangelismos – will decongest current Athens metro stations, particularly the central one of Syntagma, and connect with the current lines at Panepistimio and Akadimia/Evangelismos stations.
The new line will run on a main tunnel approximately 10.1km in length, created by two new tunnel boring machines, and will also include 20 automated trains, without a driver.