Deputy Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Yiannis Magriotis on Friday informed Parliament that the government was currently negotiating with the concessionaire constructing the Maliakos-Kleidi section of the Patras-Athens-Thessaloniki-Evzonoi national highway for a decrease in the tolls charged on sections of the road still under construction.
Magriotis noted in a letter sent to Parliament that issues concerning the imposition and collection of tolls were outlined in the contract signed with the contractor in 2007 and ratified by law in Parliament. In spite of this, the ministry was negotiating for their reduction and also for a discount policy for frequent users and local travel and faster introduction of electronic collection of tolls so that tolls could be charged based on distance travelled by road users.
Concerning access roads alongside the highway, Magriotis noted that these existed for a greater part of its length, that studies on completing the network had been carried out that included construction of bridges at Ziliana and Topoliani. He said that the contract signed with the concessionaire did not include construction of an access road network and that this would necessitate holding a tender for a new contract.
A request for a renegotiation of the terms of the concession contracts to lower road tolls had been made by PASOK MP Thanassis Papageorgiou.