ECONOMY

Metro works resume soon

A tunnel-boring machine will soon resume digging beneath the surface of Athens, from the suburb of Aghia Varvara, west of the center, all the way to Piraeus, as the project for the extension of the Athens Metro Line 3 moves ahead.

Preparation work at Aghia Varvara has already started for the project that will see the construction of six stations across 7.6 kilometers by 2017, budgeted at 550 million euros.

The extension is expected to serve over 130,000 passengers per day, taking metro passengers to the million-a-day mark.

At the same time, work is also under way to plan Line 4, whose first section will stretch from Galatsi, northeast of the center, to downtown Kolonaki, including nine stations and budgeted at 1 billion euros.