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OSE president and Swiss Ambassador discuss prospect of gradual reactivation of metric railway network of the Peloponnese

Featured OSE president and Swiss Ambassador discuss prospect of gradual reactivation of metric railway network of the Peloponnese

The prospect of gradual reactivation of the historic metric railway network of the Peloponnese, which is the longest similar network in Europe, was discussed by the president of Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) Giannos Grammatidis, with the Ambassador of Switzerland Stefan Estermann.

The network could potentially serve both cultural and tourist routes, as well as local passenger needs.

The Swiss Ambassador informed Grammatidis on the Swiss side's decision to support the completion of a detailed feasibility study which is already underway and whose elements will be discussed in the context of a subsequent meeting of all involved parties and agencies in Nafplio in early December 2024 .

Grammatidis underlined the importance of the revival of the Peloponnesian Railway for passenger, cultural and tourist purposes with the ultimate goal of connecting places of natural beauty and historical interest such as e.g. Corinth, Nafplio, Kalamata, Mycenae, Ancient Olympia and so many others perfectly serving Greece's strategy for a more sustainable, multidimensional and less seasonal tourism.

On his part, the Swiss Ambassador emphasised that he is determined to invite all the parties involved in a joint effort by offering the Swiss experience of operating metric mountain railway systems and creating attractive tourist programs in order to serve the need for the widest possible promotion of a of the reactivated Peloponnesian Railway.

After this meeting, the President of the OSE informed the regional governor of Western Greece Nektarios Farmakis and the regional governor of Peloponnese Dimitrios Ptochos about subsequent joint coordinated actions related to the above project.