Thursday, July 25 2024

Greek Transport Minister announces safety upgrades amid mass demonstrations today in Athens

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Greece’s newly-appointed transport minister, Giorgos Gerapetritis,  announced today a series of measures to improve the safety of the country’s railway system following the deadly train collision on February 28.
 
In a press conference, Giorgos Gerapetritis said that the government will step up the implementation of a contract for the automatic operation and signaling of the railway network. He said that Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has contacted the head of French train maker and manufacturing group Alstom over the issue.
 
Gerapetritis also said that Greece will resume passenger train operations after introducing emergency safety upgrades, including the placement of two stationmasters at all stations. He added that rail services may have to be cut down as a result.
 
The announcements were made as thousands of Greek people took it to the streets in Athens today to protest about the tragedy that killed 57 people with the number being twice as much with the ones "missing" or being unidentified.
 
Mass demonstrations are taking place today outside the Parliament in Athens.