Metro line to Aegaleo by April

Three new metro stations will be ready in April of next year as the underground railway will stretch out to Aegaleo in the western suburbs, Public Works and Environment Minister Giorgos Souflias said yesterday. The 4.3-kilometer stretch will connect Monastiraki station in the city center with three new stops – Votanikos, Elaionas and Aegaleo. The minister said that it will cater to 80,000 commuters daily. The positioning of the Aegaleo station was changed after the discovery of archaeological artifacts that will be on display at the station, the minister said. Residents of the western suburbs will be able to travel from Aegaleo to Syntagma in six minutes, according to official estimates. In a further move to help ease Athens’s massive traffic problems, Souflias said that the metro will be further extended to Haidari by the end of 2008. The companies that will build the leg linking Haidari with Piraeus will be chosen near the end of next summer.

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