New Athens Metro Line to transform Greek capital, 'removes' 53,000 cars from circulation


The new Athens metro Line 4 (Alsos Veikou-Goudi), will transform the Greek capital and serve 340,000 passengers on a daily basis, and indirectly 'remove' from daily circulation 53,000 cars, according to assessments.

Metro Line 4, which is expected to go into full operation in 2029,  will take 17 minutes to cover the distance from Galatsi (the northern suburb of Athens) to Goudi (a neighborhood northeast of Athens and next to Zografou). The line will serve several densely populated areas of the Attica Basin and Athens itself through its four new stations at Exarchia, Akadimia, Kolonaki, and Evangelismos. It will also provide faster and easier access major public institutions such as hospitals, universities, and the courts, including the National Archaeological Museum, the Benaki Museum, and the University campus in Zografou.

The first section being built on Line 4 that will connect Alsos Veikou (Veikou park) and Goudi has already begun and the large tunnel boring machine ('metropontikas' in Greek) is being assembled at Katechaki, to start work early in 2023, Attiko Metro and contractor consortium AVAX and Ghella-Alstom said. A second boring machine will be transported to Veikou and start boring a tunnel at the end of spring 2023. The two 'moles' shall meet and be dissembled at the Evangelismos tunnel, after digging 12.8 km of tunnels with 15 new metro stations: Alsos Veikou, Galatsi, Elikonos, Kypseli, Dikastiria (courts), Alexandras (avenue), Exarchia, Akadimia, Kolonaki, Evangelismos, Kessariani, Panepistimioupoli (university campus), Zografou, Ilissia, Goudi.

The trains will run on an automated system, without drivers, and materials they are made of will be nearly fully recyclable.

"Line 4 will significantly alter the capital's transportation map," Infrastructure & Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis said, adding that the works are progressing decisively and with great commitment.

Line 4 segments will be constructed in the following order, after the Alsos Veikou-Goudi section:

- Goudi - Marioussi (9.6 km in length, comprising 8 metro stations)
- Evangelismos - Ano Ilioupoli (4.1 km, 3 stations)
- Alsos Veikou - Petroupoli (7.5 km, 6 stations)
- Maroussi - National Road/Ethniki Odos (4.4 km, 3 stations)