Railways, a new means of transport of stable rail, have already changed
the communication map of Athens and of the wider region around the basin,
and they are expected to give a progressive impulse to many areas. They
offer and guarantee for their passengers security, comfort, speed, exactness
in time-tables and short transportation time regardless the traffic. The
bringing into operation of Suburban Railways coincided with the holding
of the AthensOlympic Games and the first line that was given into operation
served the transportation from and to the Athens International Airport
"Eleftherios Venizelos". In this way the fast, comfortable and safe connection
of downtown with the Airport was secured, as well as the possibility of
the citizens's access to important spots of the wider region of Athens.
The distance from Athens Station (Larissa Station) to the Airport lasts
38 minutes and it includes the following intermediate stations: Herakleio,
Neratziotissa/OAKA (connection with ISAP), Kifisias, Plakedias (connection
with the metro system), Pallini, Kantza, Koropi.
On September, 27th 2005 "Suburban Railways A.E." announced the opening of the commercial operation of the line Athens-Corinth, materializing the central political choice of the Ministry of Transportations and Communications for upgrading of the life quality in the district. With often, safe and timely reliable time-tables, the distance Athens-Corinth is covered in a very short period changing radically these regions into suburbs of the capital. Practically, Corinth is connected with Athens every one hour, either via Larissa Station or via the airport line with the possibility of embarkation in the stations of Neratziotissa (ISAP) and Plakedias (AMEL). The intermediate stations of the Corinth line which operate nowadays are Ano Liosia, Aspropyrgos, Magoula, Nea Peramos, Megara, Kinetta and Aghioi Theodori. During 2007 the stations of Kiato, Piraeus, Pedeli and Metamorfosi will come into operation.
Suburban Railways in this phase serve along a link of 120 km with diesel driven trains of contemporary technology and modern design, fully air-conditioned and cosy to the passenger. With the consummation of the infrastructure works, the time-tables will be carried out by power driven trains of the most modern technology. After the complete development of the link, Suburban Railways will be covering a length of 281 km with direction to Theva - Chalkida, Corinth - Kiato, Lavrio, Rafena, and it is estimated that at the beginning they will be serving 45.000-50.000 passengers per day.
Suburban Railways A.E. is a modern company of transportations aiming at offering not only time-table exactness but also high quality services to the passenger through its expert station staff. Special emphasis has been given at the operational planning of the platforms as well as of the trains, so as people with mobility or visual problems to have access. Suburban Railways are here and they change the way in which public transportations operate.