Extra buses to soften blow of metro work

Public transport officials are planning to put extra buses on routes from the Ethniki Amyna metro station to Athens International Airport to serve commuters when part of the line will be shut down next year so the new station at Aghia Paraskevi can be completed. Sources told Kathimerini yesterday that the Athens Urban Transport Organization (OASA) is examining how to provide a service to people who start or end their journeys at stations, including Halandri, Doukissis Plakentias and Koropi, that will not be accessible during the six months that the work is to be carried out in Aghia Paraskevi. This section of the airport line is to be closed some time in February, when a pilot scheme that will see the metro running until 2 a.m. on weekends is also due to begin.