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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-08

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  • [01] Athens-OSE memorandum

  • [01] Athens-OSE memorandum

    Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis and Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) managing director Giorgios Giannousis on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on behalf of the City of Athens and OSE, in the presence of Transport and Communications Minister Evripidis Stylianidis.

    The Memorandum establishes a consistent, close collaboration between the City of Athens, the Transport Ministry and OSE, and foresees the creation of a joint body with the following responsibilities:

    - To function as an ?Observatory? that will monitor the implementation of environmental study conditions, the progress of works and the solution of potential problems.

    - To create a proposal for the joint upgrading, development and use of the Peloponnese station (Ciller building) as a cultural and recreation space, while maintaining and promoting the timeless history of the railway and its ties to the city.

    The ?Observatory? aims to ensure that the terms of the environmental study are implemented throughout the period that works are carried out, so that the greatest possible benefits are derived in favour of citizens.

    The submerging and undergrounding of a large section of OSE railway lines not only puts an end to the splitting of Athens in two but, at the same time, creates open green spaces and sports and recreational areas that will completely change the appearance of the area, for the better. Additionally, green spaces and recreational areas will be created on some 20,000 square metres of OSE-owned property for neighbourhood residents. The construction of a satisfactory number of pedestrian underpasses and overpasses will allow for the unimpeded passage of pedestrians and merge sections of the city on both sides of the railway lines. New road junctions are being created in order to ensure the smooth flow and movement of vehicles, between the areas on both sides of the railway line.

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