Athens-Thessaloniki train route in 3 1/2 hours from 2017

Athens-Thessaloniki train route in 3 1/2 hours from 2017

Athens, December 19, 2014/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

The trip Athens-Thessaloniki by train will take 3½ hours come 2017. Yesterday ERGOSE delivered the work Othryos, which enables trains to speeds up to 160 km per hour. The project, among others, includes the seven kilometers-long twin tunnel (constructed by the method cut & cover) in each branch. This is the second largest railway tunnel (after Kallidromo) in Greece and one of the largest in the Balkans.

With the delivery of the project on traffic, the journey time for Athens-Thessaloniki will be shortened by one hour, and will multiply the capacity of the railway axis up to five times.

It is a “very important project for the development of the country”, said the president and CEO of ERGOSE, Kostas Spiliotopoulos. “A project with many technical difficulties, due to the terrain, was completed in the best possible way within the set dealine, and even cost about 3 million Euros less than the initial budget”, Spiliopoulos added.