Siemens has been awarded a signalling contract for the 16 km-long extension of Athens metro Lines 2 and 3, by the operator Attiko Metro S.A.
The contract includes the installation of electronic interlockings and outdoor equipment, as well as the trackside components for automatic train control system.
Furthermore, 17 trains will be fitted with Siemens onboard units.
The order is worth a total of around €41 million and calls for first phase to be commissioned in autumn 2013.
The first stage will see Lines 2 and 3 equipped with signaling systems after being extended by a total of 8.5 kilometers and seven stations.
The second phase will involve the installation of signaling systems on a 7.5-km extension of Line 3 up to the port of Piraeus, encompassing a total of six new stations.
These extensions will provide urban developments with a metro link to the city center and are expected to significantly improve the traffic situation in Athens.
Operator Attiko Metro expects a daily passenger volume of around 160,000 on completion of the first stage alone – the equivalent of roughly 30,000 fewer cars on the capital’s roads and a reduction of 130 metric tons in CO2 emissions.