Safety warnings issued since 2014 about Greece’s railways, European agency says


Since at least 2014, the European Railway Agency (ERA) has been warning Greece’s government about the safety gaps in the Greek railway system, according to Ekathimerini.

“Over the years we have reported on various aspects of the issue. We have a legal obligation to produce a report every two years at European level, based on the information we receive from member-states,” the Executive Director of ERA, Josef Doppelbauer, said.

“We have published the rankings based on the statistics on rail mortality in the member-states’ railways.”

Doppelbauer said that for years Greece consistently ranked among the countries with high mortality rates.

“This fact is a reminder each time that there are open issues that need to be resolved within the Greek system,” he said.

Debris lies on the rail lines after a collision in Tempe, about 235 miles north of Athens, near Larissa city, Greece, on March 1, 2023.
Debris following the train collision. Photo: Giannis papanikos / AP.

The train collision, one of Greece’s deadliest tragedies, could be linked to Greece’s rail network being void of the European Rail Traffic Management System.

“At the moment, the investigation is still ongoing. As long as we do not yet have clear indications as to the roots and additional causes of the accident, anything we say would be speculation,” Doppelbauer said.

Source: Ekathimerini

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