Athens Airport–Patras railway

The railway from Athens Airport to Patras is a double-track, standard-gauge railway line in Greece that, when completed, will connect Athens International Airport with Patras, the country's third-largest city. One of the largest railway projects of the last 30 years in Greece, its completion is of major significance for the infrastructure of the entire region of the northern Peloponnese. As of 2020, the line is completed until the city of Aigio.[2] A 5.2 km underground section is planned for the final section from Kastellokampos to Agios Andreas in Patras.[5][6] For most of the section between Athens Airport in East Attica and Mandra in West Attica, the line runs along the median strip of the Attiki Odos motorway.

Athens Airport–Patras railway
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An OSE class 460 train in the median strip of Attiki Odos, bound for Athens Airport.
Overview
StatusOperational
OwnerGAIAOSE[1]
LocaleAttica
Peloponnese
Western Greece
Termini
Stations32
Service
TypeHigh-speed rail/Commuter rail
Operator(s)Hellenic Train
History
Opened2004 (Athens AirportSKA)
2005 (SKA–Corinth)
2007 (Corinth–Kiato)
2020 (Kiato–Aigio)
Technical
Line length205.85 km (127.91 mi)[2]
(almost 235 km (146 mi) up to Patras)
Number of tracksDouble track
CharacterPrimary
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8+12 in) standard gauge
Electrification25 kV 50 Hz AC (between Athens Airport and Kiato)[2]
Operating speed160 km/h (99 mph) (average)
200 km/h (124 mph) (maximum)
Route map

km
30.6
Athens Airport Athens International Airport Athens MetroAthens Metro Line 3
24.7
Koropi
16.0
Paiania–Kantza
13.8
Pallini
9.4
Doukissis Plakentias
8.0
Pentelis
6.1
Kifisias
5.1
Nerantziotissa Athens MetroAthens Metro Line 1
2.8
Irakleio
1.4
Metamorfosi
0.8
18.3
Acharnes SKA
21.0
Zefyri
21.7
Ano
34.7
Aspropyrgos
40.0
Magoula
52.3
Nea Peramos
58.0
Megara
73.1
Kineta
79.8
Agioi Theodoroi
98.7
Corinth
Zevgolatio
123.1
Kiato
 
125.9
Diminio
136.7
Xylokastro
147.4
Lykoporia
151.9
Lygia
162.7
Akrata
169.3
Platanos
177.3
Diakopto
184.0
Eliki
188.4
Aigio
194.0
Rododafni
to Patras (planned)
km
Source[3][4]

CourseEdit

Athens Airport - Patras railway line
Main parts of the line (2020) line length (km) Number of stations Stations names[2] Electrification (as of 2020)[2]
Athens AirportAcharnes Railway Center 30 11 Athens Airport, Koropi, Paiania-Kantza, Pallini, Doukissis Plakentias, Pentelis, Kifisias, Nerantziotissa, Irakleio, Metamorfosi, Acharnes Railway Center yes
Acharnes Railway Center–Kiato[7] 105 11 Zefyri, Ano Liosia, Aspropyrgos, Magoula, Nea Peramos, Megara, Kineta, Agioi Theodoroi, Corinth, Zevgolatio, Kiato yes
Kiato–Aigio 71 10 Diminio, Xylokastro, Lykoporia, Lygia, Akrata, Platanos, Diakopto, Eliki, Aigio at least 2025 or later
Aigio–Psathopyrgos 21.5 5 Rododafni, Selianitika, Kamares, Psathopyrgos at least 2025 (rails, stations, signaling and electrification)
Psathopyrgos–Rio 10.5 5 Arachovitika, Agios Vasileios, Aktaion, Rio (November 2025) at least 2023 (rails, stations, signaling and electrification)[8]
Rio–Patras New Port 8.5[9][5] (5.2 underground)[10] 9 Kastelokampos, Bozaitika, P.Kanellopoulos str., Agia, Panachaiki, Agios Dionysios, Trion Simmachon, Agios Andreas, Patras New Port (Stations 1-8 underground) under tendering procedure, opening at least 2025 or later

Main stationsEdit

The main stations on the Athens Airport–Patras railway are:

ServicesEdit

As of June 2020, the Athens Airport–Patras railway is used by the following passenger services, all part of the Athens Suburban Railway (Proastiakos) network:[11]

FutureEdit

As part of the P.A.Th.E./P. project, the line is being extended to Patras. The remaining part from Rio to Patras will be partly underground with a terminus in the new harbour. The existing train station of Patras will get a new function in a new recreational space.[16] The electrification of the Kiato–Aigio section will allow direct services to and from Athens, as passengers must currently change between electric and diesel trains at Kiato. On the south-eastern side, the line will be prolonged up to Lavrio and Rafina. A tender note has been published by ERGOSE SA, with Jan 14th 2022 deadline.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Home". gaiaose.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Network Statement Validity: 2020 ANNEXES". Athens: OSE. Retrieved 16 August 2020.
  3. ^ "OSE - 2020 Network Statement Annexes".
  4. ^ "TrainOSE - 2013 Proastiakos Athens schedule" (PDF).
  5. ^ a b "Tender to make Patras-Rio railway underground in January". New Greek TV. 13 November 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Rio - New Port of Patras". ErgOSE. 21 March 2018. Retrieved 29 May 2020.
  7. ^ Kiato-Athens railway center railway line project, ERGOSE official website
  8. ^ Τα νέα μεγάλα έργα που θα φέρουν το τρένο από το Αίγιο στην Πάτρα
  9. ^ Peloponnese Newspaper of Patras 6/7/2020
  10. ^ Σημεία της ομιλίας του Υπουργού Υποδομών και Μεταφορών κ. Κώστα Καραμανλή στο 8ο Περιφερειακό Αναπτυξιακό Συνέδριο στην Πάτρα
  11. ^ "Athens Suburban Railway". Athens: TrainOSE. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Itineraries Piraeus - Athens- Airport" (PDF). Athens: TrainOSE. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Itineraries Airport - Athens - Piraeus" (PDF). Athens: TrainOSE. 13 July 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Itineraries Piraeus - Kiato - Piraeus" (PDF). Athens: TrainOSE. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Itineraries Aigio-Airport-Athens-Piraeus" (PDF). Athens: TrainOSE. 22 June 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  16. ^ "Παρουσιάστηκε το σχέδιο για την είσοδο του τρένου στην Πάτρα (video): 9 σταθμοί, υπογειοποίηση 5,16 χλμ, κόστος 514 εκατ. ευρώ". Metaforespress. 19 December 2020. Retrieved 19 December 2020.

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