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Metro extends westward

Attiko Metro construction workers yesterday dug through to Aghios Antonios in western Athens – the intended site of the first station on the metro’s Line 2 extension westward from Sepolia, which is scheduled to be operational before next year’s Olympic Games. The 2.8-kilometer (1.7-mile) extension – being built using a traditional digging method in favor of the tunnel-boring machine the metro firm has used in the past due to the different soil quality in Peristeri – will eventually comprise three new stations at Aghios Antonios, Peristeri and Thivon Avenue. The station at Aghios Antonios is due to open by June 2004 and is expected to serve around 55,000 commuters traveling between western Athens and Olympic venues across Attica. Plans are to give the station – whose «shell» is 80 percent complete – an airy feel, with natural light and small trees and plants. The next two stations along the extension are expected to be ready in 2007.