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PM Mitsotakis Inaugurates Three New Metro Stations to Piraeus

ATHENS — Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis inaugurated three new metro stations at a special ceremony on Monday evening.

Named after the Piraeus suburbs of Aghia Varvara, Korydallos and Nikea, the new Line 3 metro stations will begin operating on Tuesday, and will serve 60,000 people daily, a number that will further increase when the extension of line 3 reaches the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus in 2022.

The Prime Minister noted that traffic in these suburbs and Piraeus at large will be relieved with 10,000 fewer vehicles, and when metro Line 3 intersects with the electric train (ISAP) Piraeus station in summer 2022, some 140,000 passengers are projected to be using the new stations every day.

Construction of the Athens metro was first conceived under his father, Prime Minister Konstantinos Mitsotakis in 1992, while the actual Line 3 contract took another 20 years to be signed in 2012, he pointed out.

"This project was completed on time, within the projected timeframe, despite the hurdles posed by the coronavirus pandemic," the prime minister said, adding that the same will happen "for the other three stations under construction in Piraeus – in Maniatika, the Municipal Theater and Piraeus port station."

The project created work for at least 2,000 people, who are working hard to see the project fulfilled, he underlined.

The new stations delivered on Monday are part of a broader development project in west Attica and Piraeus that will also see the transfer of the Korydallos prison away from the namesake suburb and the rehabilitation of the site into a metropolitan park and cultural hub.

Shortening travel time, the Nikea-Syntagma route will be covered in 14 minutes and the Nikea-Athens Airport one in 55 minutes.

Athens metro Line 3 now has 24 stations, which will rise to 27 in 2022 with the addition of three more stations, at Maniatika, Piraeus and the Piraeus Municipal Theatre.

"We said it, we did it," exclaimed Mitsotakis upon delivering the stations.

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