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Athens developments

Despite some 83 percent of the tracks have been laid so far, Athens's new tram has had its first test run yesterday along the coastal route from the main depot at Hellenikon to the Olympic Sailing Centre at Aghios Cosmas. So far nine of the 35 trams have been delivered. The rest are expected by the end of April. The 24km (15 Mile) line is intended to open in May 2004 and is expected to carry 80,000 passengers daily.

Plans have been announced for extensions of the service to Piraeus (from Neo Faliron), along Patission Avenue to Ano Patissia and from Larissis Station to the university campus at Zografou via Goudi. These are expected to open in 2008.

22 December 2002

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