Access to the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center (ΚΠΣΙΝ) will become easier when the metro expansion is implemented. The issue is high on the government’s agenda.
The extension of line 3 to Piraeus was just the beginning, as two more major projects concerning the capital’s metro entered the implementation path. And this is nothing less than the creation of the first section of line 4 (Alsos Veiku-Gudi), as well as the extension of line 2 to Ilion.
Concerning new orange line, then the first tunnel boring complex (Μετροπόντικας) has already started work, and by the end of the year the second one will go here to help it. As for the extension of Line 2, the second stage of the tender is expected to begin.
The expansion of the metro, however, will not stop there, as the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport has several other projects on its agenda that will end the transport isolation of many areas of Athens, giving them a boost to development. As former Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Kostas Karamanlis noted a few months ago, the government’s goal is to connect the metro network with the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center (ΚΠΣΙΝ) in Kallithea.
The official emphasized that the development of the project has been completed with the creation of an underground branch of line 1 through the branch after Physios station, the length of the line will be about 3.5 km and 4 stations: Ano Petralona, Dawaki Square, Lofos Filaretou and the Cultural Center.
“The estimated budget is 450 million euros. The project will serve the densely populated areas of Petralona and the municipality of Kallithea,” added Mr. Karamanlis, specifying that project financing is not a problem since metro projects are qualified EU and are supported by ΕΤΕπ.
If the branch is created, it will be the first extension of the ΗΣΑΠ line since 1957, when it reached Kifissia. This is also the first extension of the line through the branch in the capital’s metro network. This is a particularly important expansion given that there is a great need to connect the metro to ΚΠΣΙΝ, a cultural center that is estimated to receive around 20,000,000 visitors a year.