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Athens late-night metro to begin this weekend

(ATHENS NEWS AGENCY-MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY) Late-night Athens metro and ISAP electric railway services at weekends will finally begin this Friday, after their managements succeeded in allaying staff concerns over security. The measure had been announced last week as a pilot programme and begins with a one-week delay. The timetable of the Athens metro and electric railway will be extended by two hours until 2:00 a.m. every Friday and Saturday for the next two months, in accordance with a decision by Transport Minister Kostis Hatzidakis designed to provide a better service to commuters.During the trial period, levels of passenger traffic during those hours will be recorded so that they can be processed statistically. Based on the findings, a decision will be made on whether to make the measure permanent or not.Metro staff trade unionists had last week called work stoppages during the hours of the extended time table, voicing fears about lack of security after midnight