The completion of the metro in Piraeus will reduce the number of vehicles in circulation by 20,000 units.
From next summer from the port of Piraeus to the airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” the travel time will be 45-50 minutes, after the completion of the three remaining stations that are currently under construction: Maniatika, Piraeus and the Municipal Theater (Μανιάτικα, Πειραια, Δημοτικό Θέατρο).
This was stated by the Secretary General for Infrastructure Giorgi Karayannis, speaking on the air of the radio “Κανάλι 1”. As he explained, with the commissioning of the first three metro expansion stations, Agia Varvara, Koridallos and Nikia, in July last year, about 63,000 additional passengers began to use this type of urban public transport every day.
CO2 emissions have also dropped by about 68 tonnes per day and, on the other hand, the number of cars that travel around the city every day has decreased by 11,100.
The stations Maniatica, Piraeus and Teatro Municipal, which will enter commercial operation in the summer of 2022, will increase the number of passengers by 50,000. At the same time, daily CO2 emissions will be reduced by about 52 tons, with a corresponding reduction of about 8,800 vehicles. moving around the city every day.
“We estimate that there will be about 20,000 fewer cars on the streets of the city, which will have a positive impact on the environment. Piraeus will also become a very important transport center for all types of transport (ferry, metro, tram, commuter rail, buses) and will provide additional opportunities for the development of Attica, ”said Mr. Karayannis.
As for the tram line in Piraeus, the official said that it will begin test operation shortly.
Referring to infrastructure projects in general, Mr. Karayannis spoke about the total financing package, which exceeds 13 billion euros. “The implementation schedule begins at the end of 2021, and over the next two years, all of these projects will begin to be put up for auction, for each of them a separate lead time is provided,” the statement said.