Railways to run on twin tracks

The 130th anniversary of the Greek railway system was marked yesterday by the government saying that the company responsible for running the country’s trains will soon be split into two to comply with European Union regulations. Transport Minister Michalis Liapis said that the Hellenic Railways Organization (OSE) will be divided into two bodies. One will be responsible for infrastructure and the other for the actual running of the trains. Liapis did not give an exact timetable for the shake-up but said that the changes were necessary to help modernize the service and improve OSE’s finances. He added that the Proastiakos suburban railway will become part of the new setup. Passengers who use the Proastiakos gave the train service marks of almost nine out of 10 for punctuality and speed but are less satisfied with the frequency with which trains run, according to a survey made public yesterday. Data RC questioned some 1,350 passengers and found that 26.9 percent of them were using the railway as an alternative to driving their cars.

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