Crucial rail hub opens north of main stadium

The linchpin to the capital’s Olympic rail network, which will provide access to the main sports complex, was officially opened to the public yesterday, a record four months after construction started. The Nerantziotissa station, built above the Attiki Odos highway just north of the Kalogreza Olympic Stadium, connects the Kifissia-to-Piraeus electric railway with the new suburban rail linking the main railway station for northern Greece, Larissis Station, with the airport. It is the 24th station on the electric railway line. Constructed on three levels, the station is meant to serve a total of 34,000 passengers an hour. Nerantziotissa was to have been built on plans by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, designer of the soaring steel-and-plastic roof above the main Olympic stadium. But tight time schedules led to the project being scrapped in favor of a simpler building.

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