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PM Mitsotakis Unveils E65 Motorway: Driving Growth in Central Greece

LAMIA, Greece – Prime Minister Mitsotakis attended a special event near the Orthris tunnel on Tuesday morning, preceding the delivery later that afternoon of the final two segments of the E65 motorway spanning Central Greece. He received a briefing from Infrastructure and Transport Minister Christos Staikouras regarding the project’s technical aspects and the construction timetable for the remaining 46-kilometer (28.58-mile) section from Kalambaka to the Egnatia Odos motorway.

Highlighting the project’s significance for economic growth, the prime minister remarked, “Today marks an important milestone as we unveil a motorway of great developmental importance.” He acknowledged the crucial role of the European Union in these endeavors, stating, “New Democracy brought the country into the European Union, preserved its membership, and collaborates within Europe.”

Event for the handover of the Lamia – Kalambaka section of the E-65 Motorway of Central Greece, in the presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Tuesday April 23, 2024. (NASOS SIMOPOULOS/EUROKINISSI)

Mitsotakis emphasized the government’s commitment to addressing past issues, stating, “We are tying up loose ends from the past. Work sites promised in 2019 across the country are now beginning to yield completed public works.” Speaking at the E65 section delivery event in Kalambaka, he underscored the significance for Central Greece, Thessaly, Western Macedonia, and Epirus, noting that the new motorway would significantly reduce travel time from Athens to Karditsa and Trikala.

Event for the handover of the Lamia – Kalambaka section of the E-65 Motorway of Central Greece, in the presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Tuesday April 23, 2024. (NASOS SIMOPOULOS/EUROKINISSI)

With the handover of the two new sections, Central Greece will boast a modern and secure 136-kilometer (84.51-mile) motorway, easing traffic congestion and enhancing access to destinations such as Karpenissi, Karditsa, Trikala, Meteora, and Limni Plastira (Plastira Lake). The first segment delivered on Tuesday spans from Lamia to Xyniada (18.5 km, 11.5 miles), featuring tunnels through Mount Orthris, while the second 25-kilometer (15.53-mile) section extends from Trikala to Kalambaka. The total length of the E65 will be 182.1 km (113.19 miles), with an approximate budget of €1.3 billion.

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