The metro system in Greece’s second largest city, Thessaloniki, which is currently under construction, will be ready for public use in its entirety by April of 2023, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Thessaloniki on Tuesday.
The PM’s statements came after a meeting at the Macedonia-Thrace ministry which was held to review northern Greece projects that he had included in his policy speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair on September 7.
Mitsotakis added that by year’s end the Central Archaeological Council will also sign off on the appropriate curation and reinstallation of ancient artifacts recovered during construction work at the Venizelos metro station.
“The virtual reality projected by the previous government, namely that the metro subway system would be operational in 2020, is belied by factual truth,” Mitsotakis said. He continued, stating that “Thessaloniki will acquire a modern subway system which will also put on show some of the city’s ancient history.”
The construction of the Thessaloniki subway was commissioned in 2003 and was initially expected to be completed by 2012. But the project stalled over the debate on how to best preserve the many priceless antiquities that were discovered during the necessary excavations.