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Tourists bypass Piraeus traffic

Holidaymakers heading to catch a ferry will be able to breeze past the busy traffic in Piraeus after a new pedestrian bridge connecting the electric railway station with the port was inaugurated by Merchant Marine Minister Michalis Kefaloyiannis yesterday. The bridge, which is expected to be used by 2,800 people per hour, will help travelers reach the port without having to walk across the congested road it spans. People in wheelchairs will also be able to use the bridge, which cost 2.6 million euros to build. Kefaloyiannis said that the bridge would be a big help to Greeks and foreign tourists aiming to catch ferries from the port this summer. He said that from Easter onward this year, some 5 million people had sailed from Piraeus. He said that 600,000 cars and 200,000 trucks had also departed from the port during that period. The minister also hailed as a success the quick construction of the bridge, which was built in three months.