Work has commenced on the latest extension to the Athens underground train line, in a project set to make getting around the Greek capital a whole lot easier for locals and visitors; while also reshaping Athens’ real estate market.

Transport Minister Kostas Karamanlis said in a tweet that work has commenced on Line 4, which will add 15 stations to the underground train network, serving some of the city’s most densely populated areas.

The extension to the Athens metro took 15 years to prepare, held back by the country’s decade-long economic crisis and legal disputes. Originally built in 2000, the subway currently has three existing lines, providing 64 stations across the city, and is considered to be one of the cleanest and safest in the world.

Line 4 will snake through the northern suburbs to the city centre and then extend eastward in a U-type shape.

The new stations to be added from line 4 are: Alsos Veikou, Galatsi, Elikonos, Kypseli, Courts (Dikastiria), Alexandras Av., Exarchia, Akadimia, Kolonaki, Evangelismos, Kessariani, Panepistimioupoli, Zografou, Ilissia and Goudi.

Separately, Greek authorities are also planning to add more stations to the Athens metro in the western suburbs.

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Stelios Bouras

A journalist for nearly two decades, Stelios has covered everything in the Greek capital, ranging from the politics and the economy to dancing architects and the souvlaki. Writing is his passion. After covering Greece for The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, he is now narrowing in on real estate and architecture. He believes that homes are more than a place to eat and sleep in and that light, design and space shape lives, along with the features of a building. Originally from Melbourne, he knows how to break down complex Greek issues into easy to understand stories for a foreign audience. He writes on real estate and the economy on his blog

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