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Greece Inaugurates New Peloponnese Rail Line

Greek Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis (left) inaugurated the Kiato – Diakofto – Aigio suburban railway line. He is with Deputy Transport Minister Yiannis Kefalogiannis (right).

Greek Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis inaugurated this week the 71km Kiato – Diakofto – Aigio suburban railway (Proastiakos) serving the Northern Peloponnese.

The new double line includes stations at the seaside resort areas of Xylokastro, Akrata and Aigio as well as six new stops at Diminio, Lykoporia, Lygia, Platanos, Diakofto, and Elliki.

Passengers can now travel from Aigio to Athens in two hours and 20 minutes for a fare of about 20 euros with access to Athens International Airport and Piraeus port.

Karamanlis described the 848-million-euro Ergose project as a “milestone”, noting that works began in 2006 and following many delays was finally completed 14 years later.

Greek Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis.

The project, co-financed by the EU’s Cohesion Fund 2000-2006 and NSRF funds, includes the construction of the second Corinth-Kiato line, the new Kiato-Aigio line, railway stations, as well as the installation of signaling and telecommunications infrastructure.

“The new project not only links Achaia with the Athens Suburban Railway. Achaia is now connected to Athens, to Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, and to the port of Piraeus, offering a journey that is quick, comfortable, economical and safe,” said Deputy Transport Minister Yiannis Kefalogiannis.

The minister went on to add that there will be six daily routes and fares cost less than 20 euros.

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  1. Steven whiting Reply

    I propose that the old railway line is turned into a free of cars bicycle route.
    I have cycled all around Greece and especially the north coast of the peloponnese,
    the old railway line would make a perfect contribution to the Greek tourist sector as an eco tourist route..Here in England we have many old disused railway lines that have been turned into nature trails or cycle trails.Please could someone in authority contact me to discuss this project further.
    Kind regards,

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