June 06, 2014

New Athens metro trains set to enter service

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ATHENS Metro authority Attiko Metro announced on June 5 that its new fleet of 17 Hyundai-Rotem trains for lines 2 and 3 has been approved for passenger operation, enabling the first sets to enter service over the next few days.

The trains were ordered in 2009 in a deal worth €155m and deliveries began in 2011. Following the completion of the certification process, Attiko Metro has handed the fleet over to metro operator Stasy.

The 106m-long six-car trains will accommodate up to 1032 passengers (based on a maximum occupancy of 5 passengers/m2) and have a maximum speed of 80km/h.

A 5.5km extension of Line 2 from Aghios Dimitrios to Elliniko was inaugurated last July, while the 1.4km extension of Line 3 from Egaleo to Aghia Marina opened last December. A further 7.6km extension of Line 3 from Aghia Marina to Dimotiko Theatro in Piraeus is under construction and is due to open in 2017.

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