ATM secures new contract to manage Greece’s first automated metro

Posted: 8 November 2023 | | No comments yet

Italy’s ATM secures a significant €250 million contract to manage Greece’s Thessaloniki automated metro, extending 20km and set to serve over a million people.

ATM secures new contract to manage Greece's first automated metro

Credit: Azienda Trasporti Milanesi

Azienda Trasporti Milanesi (ATM) has announced that it has officially signed a contract to manage Greece’s first automated metro system. The contract, valued at €250 million for a duration of 11 years, had been formalised in the presence of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Christos Komstantinou Staikouras.

ATM’s successful bid marks a significant achievement in the company’s geographic expansion plan, solidifying its role in managing automated metro systems worldwide. The contract covers the operation and maintenance of the first automatic metro system set to launch in the city of Thessaloniki by 2024.

The project is a joint effort of THEMA Consortium, a partnership between ATM and Egis, with participation percentages of 51% and 49%, respectively. Together, they will oversee the management of the new driverless metro line, scheduled for inauguration in the fourth quarter of 2024.

ATM has played a crucial role in the operation of automated metro systems in various cities, including Copenhagen, Denmark; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and Milan, Italy.

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The new automated metro in Thessaloniki is a ground-breaking project, representing the most modern and innovative public infrastructure development in the Hellenic Republic. It’s also the first-ever driverless system built in Greece, serving the country’s second-largest city, home to over one million residents. Upon completion, the metro system will stretch approximately 20km and serve as a pivotal hub for inner-city travel and nationwide connectivity.

Arrigo Giana, CEO of ATM, said: “This important contract is fully in line with ATM’s international development plans to enhance our experience and know-how in the management of automatic metro systems and mobility systems. Our motivation and commitment are oriented towards offering the best public transport services to the city users of the second most important city in Greece and to the entire country.”

With this contract, Greece takes a significant step towards enhancing its public transportation infrastructure and embracing the future of automated metro systems. The project’s successful execution will have a significant impact on the accessibility and connectivity of the country’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, and the nation as a whole.