"Today is an important day for Ilia, Achaia, Zakynthos and Cephalonia. After many years of delays and promises that remained just empty words, the works for the Patras - Pyrgos highway are moving forward," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.
"I do not want to talk about the past. You are all aware of the history of this project. Unfortunately, the residents of Ilia and Achaia have paid a cost in blood for the fact that the completion of this project was so greatly delayed. In July 2019 we faced a series of major issues. I, myself, visiting many times before the elections, had made a personal commitment that this project will be launched and implemented. Of all the projects, the Patras-Pyrgos project was the most complex due to tragic failures in the past. With perseverance and planning, we managed to convince the services of the European Commission. Negotiation was not easy. It was a personal wager for me," Mitsotakis said.
"The project will be completed by mid-2025," he promised and added: "There will be close monitoring by the ministry and the regional authorities in order to meet the deadlines. There will be a state-of-the-art highway that will connect Patras with Pyrgos and we will implement our commitment to reach Olympia. A unique place, so identified with the history of Greece. It deserves to get the access it should have. And this project will be made a reality by this government. We are proceeding with a series of important interventions, improving road safety on the old road."
"For me, the most important aspect has to do with road safety. Closed highways are safe. A very important contribution to road safety. It is part of a large infrastructure development programme. We have committed to a series of major road projects that were stuck. Works will kick off and move at high speed," he underlined.
"I know that the country is currently facing great difficulties as a result of an international crisis, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has led to inflationary trends around the world. The war in Ukraine will end at some point. This road will remain. We promised it and we put it into practice," the prime minister said.