Tomorrow, or at the latest on Monday, the metro line directly connecting the airport and the airport will be resumed, without any transfer to the Douk Station. Plakentias. From November 1st, at the decision of the company STASY, which manages the fixed track means, the line "Agia Marina -" El. Venizelos "broke into two pieces with the aim of rationalizing the routes. The main trunk remained on the route of St. Marina-Douk. Plakentia, from where the passengers to the other stations to the airport continued with another train.
The aim of this change was to increase the density of the routes at the baseline of Agia Marina-Douk. Plakentias, since the 47-minute "sniping" of the route to and from the airport ensures three trains, with six wagons each, as well as 10 guides. It is a special-purpose wagon with a double electrification system that allows the underground network to be fed by the rails and also to the suburban line served by an aerial system.
The change, however, has caused discomfort to airport passengers, as they are obliged to transfer and even carry baggage. The problem is multiplied because the station in Douk. Plakentia has no central dock, such as in the National Defense, which means that loaded passengers must be transported to the opposite side using two-fold escalators. Following strong reactions, STASY's administration is preparing to announce, most likely today, the reintroduction of the airport's services without any transfer. "This means that there is no basis for some trade unionists' claim that the change was due to a lack of spare parts and consumables," the company's competent source said in EfSyn.
The cancellation of the measure overturns an important plan of STASY, which envisages the exploitation of the suburban network, in the first phase of the Piraeus-Athens (Larissis station) -Airport. According to information from "Eug.Syn.", The test routes would begin at the beginning of January with three of the underground trains that can move on to the railway network.
Please note that the company already has a license from the Railway Regulatory Authority (RAS) to operate train services on the railway network, using the suburban route. In addition, on the basis of the provisions of the recent Waterways Act, STASY has the right to extend its services to the neighboring regions, meaning that they can reach Chalkida, Lamia and Kiato.
STASY's plans are to acquire new trains, by buying or leasing, which can be done easily as the underground metro network follows the specifications of the equivalent means in most European cities. Dual power trains covering the airport routes were purchased with a special order and the delivery of rolling stock is two years after the contract was signed.
A tonic injection came to the economics of the Urban Transport Organization (OASA) for the purchase of electronic tickets and cards. In the contest, the price for the cards stood at 0.77 euros, while the previous commission made in December 2014 was 2 euros! This means that for the 500,000 new cards 385 thousand euros were spent, compared to one million that was given four years ago.
The price for paper tickets stood at EUR 0.08, from 0.25 at the end of 2014, so for the procurement of 51.7 million pieces was given EUR 4.136 million instead of EUR 12.925 million that would be needed with the data of the previous contest.