Metro in Thessaloniki: from the station "March, 25" removed scaffolding

Scaffolding and barriers were removed from the territory of the 25 March metro station. Thus, from Monday afternoon, the section of Solonos Street between March 25 and Delphi Streets will be open to traffic.

Source indicates that one lane will be available in each direction. And the traffic flow moving in the direction of Philellinon and Chalkidiki streets will henceforth be carried out through Solonos. It is noted that part of Philellinon Street returns to its former appearance (between Kritis and Halkidiki streets, in the direction of Kritis). Equally important, the sidewalks across the district, which were closed as part of the metro construction, will finally be improved and opened to pedestrians.

As Athens News wrote earlier, the “long-suffering project” of building a metro in Thessaloniki was launched in 2006. The auction with Attiko Metro for the construction of the main line, 9.6 km with 13 stations and the railway station in Pilea, took place in 2006, with the final contractor AEGEK IMPREGILO-ANSALDO TSF-SELI-ANSALDOB consortium and a budget of €1.052 billion. The contract was signed on 7 April 2006 Construction work began at the end of June 2006 with the construction of a site at the railway station of Thessaloniki. The construction period was originally estimated at 6.5 years, with the completion of the project in October 2012, a symbolic date coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the city’s liberation.

Delays in the implementation of construction work arose due to huge layer of archaeological antiquities. As of March 2013, during the construction that began in 2006, a total of 23 thousand ancient and medieval artifacts. The mayor of the city and scientists decided to place the items found during excavations (or their copies) at metro stations in order to make it even more more attractive to tourists.

Tunneling work was also suspended due to a misunderstanding between the state and the construction consortium. As expected, in 2023, 18 automatic underground trains will enter the route in the Thessaloniki metro. Passenger transportation will be carried out along one line with a length of 9.6 km with 13 stations:

  • Νέος σιδηροδρομικός σταθμός (New Station)
  • Δημοκρατίας (Dimokratias)
  • Βενιζέλου (Venizelu)
  • Αγία Σοφία (Aya Sophia)
  • Σιντριβάνι (Sindrivani)
  • Πανεπιστήμιο (University)
  • Παπάφη (Papafi)
  • Ευκλείδη (Efclidi)
  • Φλέμιγκ (Fleming)
  • Αναλήψεως (Analipseos)
  • Πατρικίου (Patriciou)
  • Βούλγαρη (Voulgary)
  • Νέα Ελβετία (Nea Elvetia).

In the future, it is planned to extend the metro south to Kalamaria and north to Stavroupoli. The total length of the section is 10.8 km, with 10 stations. Extensions are also possible to Eleftherio Cordelho (west) for 4 km and 4 stations, and to Macedonia Airport (southwest) for 7 km and 3 stations.

Estimated stations of the second stage:

to Kalamaria (not before 2025):

  • Νομαρχία (Nomarchia)
  • Καλαμαριά (Calamaria)
  • Αρετσού (Aretsu)
  • Νέα Κρήνη (Nea Krini)
  • Μίκρα (Micra)

to Stavroupoli (not earlier than 2025):

  • Νεάπολη (Naples)
  • Παύλου Μελά (Paul Mela)
  • Σταυρούπολη (Stavroupoli)
  • Πολίχνη (Polychni)
  • Νικόπολη (Nicopolis).

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