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Train and Proastiakos services gradually resume, passengers avoid front wagons

Some train services in Greece resumed on Wednesday for the first time since the deadly train collision that killed 57 people and injured dozens on February 28.

The first train started at 4:45 a.m. from Larissis central train station in Athens for the village of Oinoi in north-western Attica.
Even if reluctant, passengers got on the trains. however, they avoided the carriages in the front, media report.
Trains and suburban Proastiakos are moving with reduced speed at maximum 80 km/h for safety reasons, and as expected, there are delays.
On board are two train drivers and two supervisors.
Among the running services are of Proastiakos Piraeus-Athens-Airport, Athens-Halkida-Athens, Patras proastiakos and other. Check with Hellenic Train website.
Some scheduled services like Thessaloniki-Drama and Thessaloniki-Florina were cancelled after workers incl. train drivers expressed safety concerns. They are expected to start a week later, so Skai TV.
According to the government plan, train services should be in full operation in the next few weeks, just days before the Easter on April 16.

Full restoration of the train service is scheduled in five phases, while every 5 days a rail track will be open with increased security measures.

The deadly train collision has politically cost conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and he is struggling to regain its footing especially due to upcoming elections “in May” as he said in an interview on Tuesday night.

Fact is that citizens are angry at the government for not taken the necessary measures in the four years in power in order to avoid such a tragedy and they don’t seem to be convinced of the Mitsotakis and the whole government narrative that “everybody is to blame for the disaster, except the Transport Minister and the PM.”

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