Thessaloniki metro holdup

The patience of commuters in Thessaloniki, one of Europe’s most congested cities, looks like it will be tested again, as workers on the city’s nascent metro system have indicated that the project will not be completed until 2016, four years behind schedule. Employees told Skai TV that several holdups mean that work is progressing at a slower pace than expected on the 1.5-billion-euro project, which will cover almost 10 kilometers and was due to have 13 stations. The construction of one of these stations, Papafi, is now in doubt, as the bishop of Thessaloniki, Anthimos, has appealed against the appropriation of 900 square meters of land that are needed to build the stop. Also, excavation work is on hold and will be for another month because it emerged that the section of tunnel already completed, between Aghia Sofia and Aristotle University, did not have the appropriate permit.

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