With the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union - LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611
Train services to resume in Northern Peloponnese
After more than a decade Greece is about to see a part of the never-ending railway works in Peloponnese finishing. Infrastructure Minister, Christos Spirtzis and ERGOSE (Services for Hellenic Railways Organisation) administration addressed a press conference where the Minister confirmed that in the summer 2017, it will be fully ready and operational, while TRAINOSE Chairman, Filippos Tsalidis, also confirmed that train services will resume in the area by next summer.
The electrification of this section will take place while the railway line will be in operation. For the duration of the upgrade, trains will be starting from Athens with electric engines and switch to diesel engines in Kiato station. This will mean a slight delay for the passengers.
The distance between Athens and Rododafni will be covered in just 2 hours, on a fully upgraded, double track, high speed line that has nothing to do with the pre-2005 state. The electrification of Kiato-Rododafni section is expected to be completed in 2019.
Apart from the line electrification in Kiato-Rododafni section, a contract for the superstructure, electrification and signaling between Rododafni and Psathopyrgos is also expected to commence in 2017. Finally, in the next months we expect the railway infrastructure works in Psathopyrgos-Rio section to begin, while the contract for superstructure, electrification and signaling will start in 2018 and be completed roughly in 2021.
The LIFE GYM [LIFE14 ENV/GR/000611] project is co-funded by the LIFE programme, the EU financial instrument for the environment.
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Start Date: 15 September 2015 – Duration: 35 months