Athens Stations10 December 2004
In Greece, the Public Works Ministry has called for bids to build two new metro stations on the Athens Metro that will extend the underground system to the western outskirts of the country's capital by 2007.
Announced as T&TI was going to press, the contract involves construction of the Peristeri and Anthoupolis stations to the west of the station at Aghios Antonios, currently the westernmost station on Line 2.
Most of the tunnelling work for the extension has already been completed under different contracts and the scope of the tender is the two stations, a short 530m long tunnel and four air shafts.
The package has been budgeted at US$168M and construction is expected to get underway in the summer of 2007. The new extension will allow Line 2 commuters to travel from the western suburbs to the city centre in 13 minutes, a journey that currently takes a gruelling 45 minutes by car.