Fresh blow for work on metro in Thessaloniki

The troubled construction of Thessaloniki’s metro system looks set to suffer another blow as funds for the archaeological excavations taking place alongside the works to build the transport network are running out.

Archaeologists are due to stop their digs at the end of this week, bringing to a stop the other work on the project. Attiko Metro has proposed a new 25-million-euro contract to the consortium responsible for the project so the excavations can continue but the two companies involved rejected the offer.

The consortium is involved in a legal battle with the Greek state and is claiming 367 million euros in compensation. Only two of the five companies that originally made up the consortium are still involved. They are Italian firms Impregilo and Ansaldo.

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