of the three major rail projects that will be proposed by the government to join the list and be funded from the “package of Juncker”, which is expected to open by the end of 2016.
In accordance with information derived from valid cycles of the ministry of Economy, the Minister Giorgos Stathakis, has come up with a list of 25 projects that will form the core of the list. Of these projects, 3 rail. Except for the “Patras â€“ Pyrgos â€“ Kalamata” the other two are the rail and road extension of the Attiki Odos from Koropi to Lavrio and the upgrade of the railway line Alexandroupoli – Ormenio.
On the positive side, for the integration of the project is the study of the maturity and the minimum needs for expropriation, with the result that it is possible to direct auctioned.
The study of section Patras â€“ Pyrgos – Kalamata with branches in Katakolo and Ancient Olympia with a length of 132km, occurred 2 weeks ago. Respect of the upgrade of the line and the installation of electrification and signalling. Has a cost of 600 million. euro and Ï„Î·Î½Î•Î¡Î“ÎŸÎ£Î• is considered as a work of “diamond in the rough”.
It is a characteristic the positioning of the ceo of ERGOSE, Thanasis Î’Î¿ÏÏÎ´Î±, during the recent presentation of the study at the conference hall of the Regional Unit of Ilia “Unites four ports and is connected with the Trans-european Network in the country, and has a station on the Ancient Olympia, the strongest brand nameÎ´Î¹ÎµÎ¸Î½ÏŽÏ‚, which in his opinion remains untapped”, had stressed then, and added that with the upgrade of the railway will be the center of the tourist route.
However, there are two inhibitors. The first is the pending passage of the city of Patras, because without this the project won’t be able to connect with the rest of the rail network. The second is the high cost in relation to the expected marketability, which is the most important factor in the works of the Package of Juncker.
Sources from the Region of Western Greece argue, however, that with respect to the two obstacles are small in order to undermine this great project that will put the final Western Greece in the network of modern transport networks. Express the optimism that, ultimately, the project will be financed from the pack this Autumn.
It is certain that the Governor of Western Greece, Apostolos ÎšÎ±Ï„ÏƒÎ¹Ï†Î¬ÏÎ±Ï‚ has put this project on the top of the agenda of priorities. It has been repeatedly stated that for the Region the railroad is a distant dream “that claim to make it a reality. It is a means of development, eco-friendly and low-cost. We need to join forces, to cooperate and to pursue with all our strength”.