Siemens technology for partial automation of the Athens subway system

Berlin, (PresseBox) - Siemens Infrastructure & Cities has been commissioned by Attiko Metro S.A. to provide the technical infrastructure for the 16 kilometer long extension of the subway lines 2 and 3 in Athens. Siemens will supply the signaling technology and components to control the trains electronically. Use of the network can now be optimized through the partial automation of the subway network. This will help alleviate the traffic chaos in Athens: more frequent departures will allow up to 160,000 more passengers to be carried per day. The network expansion will also reduce the number of cars on Athens' streets each day by around 30,000. That means a reduction in CO2 emissions of 130 tons a day. The contract is worth around 41 million euros. The first section is scheduled to be opened in the fall of 2013. Around 70 percent of the project is being financed through dedicated EU subsidies.

Siemens had already been awarded a contract in 2002 to equip lines 2 and 3 in the Greek capital with signaling technology. This planned extension of both lines will in future also link Athens' "Eleftherios Venizelos International" airport to Greece's biggest port in Piraeus and give entire districts of the city access to the subway system for the first time. Following completion of the first phase, operator Attiko Metro S.A. already expects around 160,000 passengers a day on the new sections of the network and around 30,000 fewer cars on the city's streets.

"The fight against traffic gridlock is of critical importance since mobility is an increasingly important competitive factor for cities. The example of Athens shows that Siemens has the portfolio and the know-how to make cities better places to live, more competitive, and more sustainable," says Dr. Roland Busch, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of Infrastructure & Cities Sector.

The contract will be implemented by the Siemens Mobility and Logistics Division and includes delivery, installation and commissioning of electronic interlockings, the technology for partial automation of the trains and the operations control system, as well as equipping 17 subway cars with the corresponding on-board technology. Siemens will also set up a training facility in Athens for training personnel. Automatic train operation and automatic train protection will not only increase the number of departures and improve punctuality, but will also reduce power consumption and wear and tear.

Prior to Athens, cities such as Bangkok (Thailand), Mumbai (India), Shenzhen (China), Stockholm (Sweden), and Buenos Aires (Argentina) have already opted for this Siemens technology to control their public transport systems.

The Siemens Infrastructure & Cities Sector (Munich, Germany), with approximately 87,000 employees, offers sustainable technologies for metropolitan areas and their infrastructures. Its offerings include integrated mobility solutions, building and security technology, power distribution, smart grid applications, and low- and medium-voltage products. The Sector comprises the Divisions Rail Systems, Mobility and Logistics, Low and Medium Voltage, Smart Grid, and Building Technologies. For more information, visit

The Siemens Mobility and Logistics Division (Munich, Germany) provides solutions to customers whose business models are based on optimizing passenger and freight transport. The Division bundles all Siemens business related to management of international traffic, transport, and logistics. This includes railway automation, infrastructure logistics, intelligent traffic and transport systems, and technologies for developing the infrastructure for electric mobility. For more information, visit

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