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High Speed Train Runs One Year Late in Greece

High speed train GreeceGreece received its first high-speed train in January 2021. Credit: Alstom/Twitter

The first high-speed train in Greece originally scheduled to begin service in March 2021 on the Athens-Thessaloniki route is almost one year late.

On Monday, rail operator Trainose announced that the fourth train is on its way to Greece from Italy. The ETR 470 No 6 will be the penultimate to arrive and will be added to the fast route, after the arrival of the ETR 470 trains No 1, 7, and 8 last year.

The much-delayed inauguration of the first route will first have to overcome another hurdle as the Hellenic Railway Regulatory Authority (RAS) has yet to certify the trains, a requirement before the new train goes into operation.

Grecian Delight supports GreeceHigh speed train GreeceThe interior of the train. Credit: AMNA

With a capacity of over 600 passengers, the trains can make the journey from Athens to Thessaloniki, which once was over four hours, in under three hours and 15 minutes.

In 2017, TrainOSE was purchased by Italian railway giant Ferrovie Dello Stato, the third-largest in Europe, for hundreds of millions of euros.

Upon purchasing the railway company, Ferrovie said that it was ready to spend up to 500 million euros in Greece in the coming years, mainly to buy new trains.

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