Excursions are in progress for the celebration of the three days of Shrove Tuesday and Shrove Monday, the first three days of 2024.

Traffic is very high on the upstream of Kifisos Avenue from Moschato to Nea Chalkidona, on the downstream of Kifisos at the height of Metamorfosi and at the exit of Athens Avenue from Dafni to Skaramanga

Long delays occur on Schistos Avenue towards Skaramanga, with more than two km of traffic jam.

Delays on Attiki Odos as well. On the route to Elefsina over 30′ from Kantza to Metamorfosi (exit for Lamia) as well as 5′-10′ on the exit for Lamia on the route to Airport, while in the Ymitto Region delays of 25′-30′ are recorded from Ag. Friday to Transfiguration.

It is noted that from today at noon, emergency traffic measures are in effect on the entire road network until Clean Monday (18/3).

At the same time, Kifisos buses have been full since morning. Patras, due to the established carnival carnival, has its honor.
Today the buses depart at regular intervals.

However, other carnival destinations besides Patras, such as Xanthi, Kozani and Rethymno, are among the preferences of the excursionists. In fact, in some of these areas occupancy in hotels and short-term rental apartments reaches 100%.

Inseparability is expected at ports, airports and tolls

From the early afternoon hours, when most of them will have finished their work, it is estimated that the first big wave of egress from Athens will continue towards the province, and on the toll roads to both the Peloponnese and Northern Greece.

Increased traffic is also expected at airports and ports.

Increased traffic measures and a ban on trucks over 3.5 tons

In the context of reducing traffic problems, improving road traffic and increasing the degree of road safety, by during the period of the Halloween and Maundy Monday holidaysapart from traffic facilitation measures to be taken at local level, a traffic ban will also apply to all lorries with a maximum permissible weight of more than 3.5 tonnes as below:

On Friday 15 March 2024, from 16:00 to 21:00, and on Saturday 16 March 2024, from 08:00 to 13:00, for the output current:

  • On the A8 highway (Athens-Patra) from the Elefsina Toll (Ex. 26+500) to the Rio Toll (Ex. 199+660) in the direction of Patras.
  • On the A1 highway (Athens-Thessaloniki-Evzoni), from the junction Ag. Stefanou (Kryoneri) (X.T. 27+960) to the intersection of Bralos (X.T. 203+065), from the Roditsa (Lamia) junction (X.T. 212+625) to the Rahon Fthiotida junction ( X.Th. 242+479), from the Makrychorio Tolls (X.Th. 374+291) to the Leptokaryas junction (X.Th. 410+359) in the direction of Thessaloniki.
  • On the National Highway of Thessaloniki-N. Moudanion, from the Thermi bridge to the N. Moudanion junction (61.5 km) in the direction of Halkidiki.
  • On the A11 highway (Schimatari – Chalkida), from its intersection with the A1 highway (Ex. 65+820) to the Chalkida high bridge (Ex. 12+300) in the direction of Chalkida.
  • On the National Highway Thessaloniki – Kavala, from the 11th km (X.Th. 11+340) to the Leo Amfipoli intersection (X.Th. 97 + 550) in the direction of Kavala.
  • On the A5 highway (Ionia Odos) from the Rio-Antirrio “Charilaos Tri-koupis” Bridge (Rio area X.Th. 1+558,47) to the end of Ionia Odos (X.Th. 200+991) in the direction to Janina.
  • On the A7 highway (Central Peloponnese), from the Corinth Expressway (P.O. 85+300) to the Sparta Roundabout (P.O. 240+800) (Kalamata Ring Road) in the direction of Kalamata.
  • On the A71 highway (Lefktro-Sparti) from the Lefktro Motorway (0+000) to the Spartis Motorway (P.O. 45+000) in the direction of Sparta.
  • On the Ioannina – Arta – Antirrio National Highway in the direction of Antirrio.
  • On the Thessaloniki-Polygyrou National Highway (E.O.16), from the Thermi bridge to the limits of the P.E. Thessaloniki (Agia Anastasia junction) in the direction of Polygyros.

On Monday 18 March 2024, from 15:00 to 21:00, for the input current:

  • On the A8 highway (Athens-Patra), from the Rio Toll (Ex. 199+660) to the Elefsina Toll (Ex. 26+500) in the direction of Athens.
  • On the A1 motorway (Athens-Thessaloniki-Evzoni), in the direction of Athens, from the Leptokaryas interchange (Ex. 410+359) to the Makryhori Tolls (Ex. 374+291), from the Rahon Fthiotida interchange (Ex. .Th. 242+479) to the Roditsa (Lamia) interchange (X.Th. 212+625), and from the Bralos intersection (X.Th. 203+065) to the Ag. Ste-fanou (Kryoneri) (X.Th. 27+960) in the direction of Athens.
  • On the N. Moudanion – Thessaloniki National Highway from the N. Moudanion junction (61.5 km) to the Thermi flyover in the direction of Thessaloniki.
  • On the A11 highway (Schimatari – Chalkida), from the high bridge of Chalkida (Ex. 12+300) to its intersection with the A1 highway (Ex. 65+820) in the direction of Athens.
  • On the National Highway Kavala – Thessaloniki from the intersection of Leo Amfipoli (P.T. 97+550) to the 11th km (P.T. 11+340) in the direction of Thessaloniki.
  • On the A5 highway (Ionia Odos), from the end of Ionia Odos (P.O. 200+991) to the Rio – Antirio Bridge “Charilaos Trikoupis” (Rio area P.O. 1+558,47) in the direction of Rio .
  • On the A7 highway (Central Peloponnese), from the Spartis Roundabout (Ext. 240+800) (Kalamata Ring Road) to the Corinth Expressway (Ext. 85+300) in the direction of Athens.
  • On the A71 highway (Lefktro-Sparti), from A/K Spartis (X.TH. 45+000) to A/K Lefktro (0+000) in the direction of Lefktro.
  • On the Ioannina – Arta – Antirrio National Highway in the direction of Ioannina.
  • On the Thessaloniki-Polygyrou National Highway (E.O.16), from the boundaries of P.E. Thessaloniki (Agia Anastasia junction) to Thermi bridge in the direction to Thessaloniki.

Excluded from the curfew:

  • The vehicles that offer roadside assistance, in accordance with Law 3651/2008, the trucks of ELTA, the trucks of press distribution companies, the trucks of public (F.D.X.) and private use (F.I.X. .) that transport live animals, perishable food, as they are referred to in the international ATP agreement, (Article 3 of Chapter II of joint ministerial decision no. 50786/3319/2014 (B’ 2418), if the percentage of the load of the above of products carried is at least 10% of the payload.
  • Crane-carrying vehicles as long as they provide road assistance work in accordance with articles 1 and 6 of Law 3651/2008 (Government Gazette A 44/18.03.2008) and do not transport other materials or equipment beyond what is necessary to provide services for the road assistance work and have documents or relevant electronic information about the urgency of their mission to provide roadside assistance.
  • Tanker water transport vehicles (water tankers) when they move to deal with forest fires.
  • Trucks (refrigerators) for public (VAT) and private use (VAT) that transport fresh fruit and vegetable products.
  • Trucks transporting by-products of animal origin for inactivation, in accordance with regulation EC 1069/2009, as long as they have a relevant permit from the Directorate of Veterinary Medicine of the relevant Region and are accompanied by the prescribed commercial document.
  • The trucks of the Public Utility Organizations (DEDDIE, ADMIE, OTE, Natural Gas, etc.) when moving to restore emergency damage to their networks and only if they are accompanied by a written order from the relevant organization.
  • Tanker vehicles carrying fuel for the refueling of fire fighting equipment, as long as this is proven by appropriate documents or documents.
  • Trucks transporting music and theater equipment and trucks used to perform and transport equipment for the coverage of television and film events.
  • Trucks carrying oxygen for medical purposes.
  • DESE’s work machines and trucks used to deal with emergencies, upon request of the competent Civil Protection service and with a relevant decision of the locally competent Traffic Directorate.
  • Emergency vehicles.
  • The trucks and work machines of the concession companies that manage the highways and their subcontractors in order to smoothly carry out the work assigned to them.
  • The trucks of the Organization “The Smile of the Child”.
  • Trucks for the transport of racing cars and trucks converted into racing car service vehicles.

It should be noted that the Greek Police, on the occasion of the upcoming holiday season, has planned to take increased road safety measures on the road network of the entire country.

In addition, it again reminds all drivers and road users that road safety is everyone’s business.

In this context, it recommends to citizens:

  • Before traveling, they should do a technical check on their vehicle and be informed about the condition of the road network and the weather conditions.
  • Be especially careful while driving and observe the rules of the Road Traffic Code.
  • To respect the road markings and comply with the instructions of the traffic controllers.
  • Do not use mobile phones or other distracting devices while driving.
  • Not to consume alcoholic beverages if they are going to drive.
  • To protect children riding in the vehicle, using child seats.
  • They must “wear” seat belts, just like helmets on motorcycles.
  • To use anti-slip chains, where there are special traffic conditions (frost, etc.).
  • Not to overestimate their driving skills and the technical capabilities of their vehicles.
  • To respect and protect fellow passengers and fellow human beings who use the road network, driving their vehicle with responsibility and caution.