March 26, 2023

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Ilion-Omonia in 15 minutes: a metro project that will change Western Attica

For inclusion in ΕΣΠΑ 2021-2027, a project will be proposed to extend Metro Line 2 to Ilion, which is expected to significantly improve the daily life of the inhabitants of Western Attica.

Recently, there has been a clear interest in projects that will breathe new life into Athens and improve the daily lives of its inhabitants, according to the leadership of the Greek Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport.

In addition to the upcoming handover of the last 3 stations of metro line 3 (blue) – Maniatiko, Piraeus and Municipal Theater (by next summer), launch of the construction procedure for line 4 (Alsos Veiko – Goudi), extension of line 2 (red) to Ilion also included in the implementation trajectory.

This is a project of great importance for Western Attica, as it will bring the area of ​​Ilion, remote from the city center, closer to the square. Syntagma, while the estimated travel time is limited to 20 minutes, and the journey from Ilion to Omonia will take about 15 minutes. According to, the project will be proposed for inclusion in ΕΣΠΑ 2021-2027.

Passenger traffic will amount to an additional 51,000 passengers per day, while about 5,000 new jobs will be created.

Where will the new stations be located?

The expansion in the first phase will affect 3 stations: Palatiani, Ilion and Agios Nikolaos. Two of them are located on Thevon Street, the first (Palatiani station) at a distance of about 1300 m north of Anthoupolis station and the second (Ilion station) 1000 m north of the first. The third station (Agios Nikolaos) is located on Agiou Nikolaou street in Ilion.

According to Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transport Georgios Karagiannis, the necessary architectural and static studies, as well as electromechanical systems are currently being developed. At the same time, topographic, geological and geotechnical studies of the area where it is planned to build a metro line have begun.

The necessary technical studies and environmental licensing process are expected to be completed during 2022 so that the tender can take place, as announced by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. The estimated cost of the project is 350 million euros, and its completion is estimated in about 4 years.

Line 2 currently consists of 20 stations and will reach 23 with its extension: Anfupoli, Peristeri, Agios Antonios, Sepolia, Attica, Larisa Station, Metaxourgios, Omonia, University, Syntagma, Acropolis, Syngrou-Fix, Neos Kosmos, Agios Ioannis, Daphne, Agios Dimitrios, Alimos, Argiroupoli, Elliniko, Agios Nicholas, Palatiani, Ilion.

It is noted that in the future it is planned to further extend the line to Menidi.

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