The projects that will put the train back on track to Eghio are now in full progress. According to ypodomes.com's secure information, what remains to be done is superstructure works (i.e. track laying works), which are expected to be completed by November, putting the projects' "final touches" concerning both stations' and railway lines' construction works.
More specifically, track laying works have already begun from Eghio and have been divided to different segments. The last pending section is the one reaching Kiato Station, where the new line will fit with the existing one and, consequently, with the rest of the country's railway network.
Then, in order for the new double-track, high speed railway line to be released to commercial operation, trial itineraries will be carried out for the verification of the new infrastructure's safety and functionality as well as the proper operation of the signaling systems and the stations' ability to accommodate passengers.
According to the same sources, the launch of the new line is scheduled for the end of the Winter ( or early Spring) 2019. It is noteworthy that TRAINOSE in order to "prepare" the passengers for the delivery off Eghio Station, has added a new stop in its intercity bus service. With the operation of the new line, the bus line will be operating between Patra and Eghio.
It is reminded that the operation of the new line has been significantly delayed (it remained closed for a decade), compared to the original schedule, with one of the main reasons being the time-consuming expropriations. The project has a biudget of 270m euros and the contractor of this "sweep" contact is J/V Mitilineos - Ksanthakis - Thales. The total cost for the line's upgrade is estimated to exceed half a billion euros.
The electrification of the line will follow, with a separete contract, for which a relevant tender is at an advanced stage. AKTOR has been declared as a temporary contractor for the project that will complete the line. Its duration set at 30 months, so, provided that construction works start in 2019 then, they are expected to be completed in 2021.
The new double-track railway line
When fully completed, the new line will allow electric trains to reach Eghio at speeds as high as 200 km/h, and in a much more cost efficient and environmentally friendly way.
The new Kiato - Rododafni railway section will be 71 km long, will have 3 railway stations ( in Ksylokastro, Akrata and Eghio) and 6 stops (Diminio, Lykoporia, Lyghia Derveniou, Platanos, Diakopto and Elliki). The speed in Kiato -Lykoporia section will be up to 200 km/h and in Lykoporia - Rododafni section, 150 km/h. The new section will be featuring 6 tunnels with a total length of 5.5 km, 8 escape tunnels with a total length of 2.1 km, 13 cut & cover works with a total length of 1,710 meters, 18 railway bridges and 60 unlevel crossings.
The new double-track Kiato - Rododafni railway line is fenced and unleveled in its entirety, enhancing safety for pedestrians, animals, vehicles, trains and passengers. Projects have been funded by the 3rd CSF, NSRF 2007-2013 as well as the current NSRF 2014-2020.
Three upcoming large-scale railway projects in Greece
- Πέμπτη, 25 Οκτώβριος 2018 18:00
A large number of new rail projects have been launched by ERGOSE since last December,. The first is the, now, well-known Sepolia Railway Tunnel, for which contract signatures are considered to be a matter of days (Contractor: J/V INTRAKAT - SIDIRODROMIKA ERGA ATE). Tenders for the electrification of Kiato - Rododafni (AKTOR), Isthmos - Loutraki (MYTILINEOS - KSANTHAKIS), Paleoparsalos - Kalambaka (AKTOR) and the new railway bridges on Gallikos River (SIDIRODROMIKA ERGA ATE) followed.
These projects, will be entering their implementation stage by 2019, introducing the new generation of railway projects. But the momentum is equally important. Over the next period, 3 major railway projects are expected to be auctioned.
The first one concerns the Phase B' construction works for Athens Central Railway Station. The cost of the project has been estimated at 41m euros. These projects aim to complete the modernization and upgrading of the country's largest train station with a so-called "sweep" contract, incuding the reconstruction platforms 1 - 6 (currently out of service), the old underpass (which is located at the northern end of the station), an underground connection will be finally established with Athens Metro Line 2 station: "Larissa Station" as well as the completion of the semi-finished Pelopos Str. node at the southern entrance of the station, allowing safe movement of all trains, vehicles and passengers.
In addition, track laying works, electrification systems installation on the reconstructed platforms as well as 3 metal pedestrian overpasses with several associated works (such as road works, plumbing, buildings restoration, greenery and fencing works) will be also implmented.
The second project concerns the completion and operation of Rododafni - Psathopirgos railway section, in Peloponnese. The cost of these projects has been estimated at around 91m euros. This section includes the third largest tunnel in the country, in Panagopoula area (4.5 km-long). The scope of the remaining projects includes track laying, electrification systems installation, the construction of 4 new stations (Rododafni, Selianitika, Kamares, Psathopyrgos) and ETCS. A wired telecommunication network will be developed on the new line section. It will also include individual works such as landscaping works and rehabilitation of the surrounding area.
The third project concerns the electrification of Larissa - Volos railway section and the bypass of Nea Ionia. The cost of projects has been estimated at 71m euros. It also includes the installation of signalling and ETCS systems on the existing single-track railway line Larissa - Volos with a length of approximately 61 km. The new design includes the normalization of the old metric line of Quarry - Volos Port section, to standard gauge.
The common element of all these 3 projects is their funding from NSRF 2014-2020. The first of these 3 projects to be auctioned is the "sweep" contract of Athens Central Railway Station and, depending on their maturity, it will be decided which of the two other projects will follow.