Athens, Thessaloniki will receive new electric buses by 2024

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Athens and Thessaloniki will receive 250 new electric buses for their public transport fleets by the start of 2024, which will greatly change conditions for the movement of citizens, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday after visiting the transport and infrastructure ministry.

The prime minister was briefed by the ministry's leadership, in a meeting attended by Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Staikouras, deputy ministers Christina Alexopoulou and Nikos Tachiaos and Minister of State Akis Skertsos.

Mitsotakis stressed that the government gives great emphasis to safety in transport and that projects to improve the safety of the Greek railways were proceeding rapidly.

He also especially mentioned line 4 of the Athens metro, saying this was the largest public transport project in the country, which will transform the transportation map of the Greek capital once it is completed.

The prime minister commented that the government is proceeding with a series of smaller and larger transport projects, including the Thessaloniki metro that is due to be completed at the end of 2024, the Crete North Axis Road, the E65 motorway and the Patras-Pyrgos road.

The government is also promoting the use of electric vehicles and "clean" transport, he added, noting that there was a lot of work ahead in the coming years and expressing "full confidence" in the ministry's leadership.

Staikouras said the government's priority will be to press ahead effectively with the major projects that are underway, to plan new projects and manage available funds wisely.

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