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    CP set to acquire 117 EMUs in ‘largest ever’ procurement


    PORTUGAL: The Council of Ministers has approved investment worth €819m to enable national passenger operator CP to call tenders for 117 regional and suburban EMUs, of which €617m would come from EU grants.

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    LIOS light rail extensions proposed in Lisboa


    PORTUGAL: The municipalities of Lisboa, Oeiras and Loures have finalised a co-operation agreement to proceed with development of 24 km of new light rail lines around the capital.

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    Minho line electrification completed


    PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal has completed the 25 kV 50 Hz electrification of its Minho line between Viana do Castelo and Valença in the far north of the country.

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    Lisboa finalises metro upgrade package


    PORTUGAL: Lisboa Metro has finalised a €114·5m contract with Siemens Mobility and Stadler for resignalling of its three oldest metro lines and the supply of 14 three-car trainsets, having selected the consortium as preferred bidder in January 2020.

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    Portugal’s Beira Baixa link reopens after 12 years


    PORTUGAL: Trains returned to the 46 km section of the Beira Baixa line between Guarda and Covilhã on May 2 for the first time in 12 years, with a formal reopening ceremony taking place the following day.

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    CAF confirms Lisboa Route 15 tram contract


    PORTUGAL: Lisboa operator Carris has finalised a €43m contract for CAF to supply 15 Urbos articulated trams for its 900 mm gauge network and provide five years of maintenance. Announcing the contract award on April 21, CAF said the 28·5 m long, five-section unidirectional low-floor vehicles would ...

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    Nomad Tech receives funding to develop Portuguese STM


    PORTUGAL: Grants from the national government and the European Regional Development Fund have been agreed to allow further development of a Specific Transmission Module to support the adoption of ETCS in Portugal.

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    Barraqueiro forms Portuguese open access operator


    PORTUGAL: Bus and coach group Barraqueiro has established B-Rail as a subsidiary to run open access passenger train services along the Atlantic corridor linking cities in the north and south of the country as part of an integrated multi-modal transport strategy. B-Rail has applied to ...

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    Medway to launch daily intermodal train linking Portugal with Germany


    EUROPE: Private freight operator Medway plans to launch a direct daily intermodal train branded Vasco de Gama from terminals in Portugal to Stuttgart in Germany in the fourth quarter of this year. Initially the train carrying general freight shipments will run via the break of ...

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    Best bridge designers in the world sought for river crossing


    PORTUGAL: Metro do Porto has called for ‘the best bridge designers in the world’ to submit proposals for a bridge to carry a light rail line across the River Douro from Campo Alegre in Porto to Candal in Vila Nova de Gaia. The proposed bridge ...

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    Interview: Stabilising CP to face the future


    With new rolling stock on order and proposals for a national investment programme taking shape, Portuguese national operator CP has been taking steps to revitalise its business, as President Nuno Freitas explains to André Pires.

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    Porto – Lisboa high speed link revived under €10∙5bn rail spending programme


    PORTUGAL: The government has confirmed its intention to press ahead with rail investment totalling more than €10bn as part of a wider national stimulus programme. The highlight of the package is the revival of a proposal for a high speed rail link between Lisboa and Porto, which was the subject of extensive studies in the mid-2000s.

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    CP orders 1 668 mm gauge electric and bi-mode multiple-units


    PORTUGAL: National operator CP has awarded Stadler its first contract to supply 1 668 mm gauge versions of its Flirt regional multiple-unit family for use on the Iberian Peninsula.

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    Construction contracts awarded as Porto light rail network expands


    PORTUGAL: The Metro do Porto management board has approved the award of two construction packages for expansion of the city’s light rail network to a consortium of Alberto Couto Alves and Ferrovial Agroman. Worth €189m, the first package covers construction of the 3∙1 km Line G ...

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    AC conversion planned in Cascais line upgrade


    PORTUGAL: An allocation of €50m from the Cohesion Fund to support modernisation of the 25 km suburban railway between Lisboa and the coastal town of Cascais was approved by the European Commission in early July. This forms part of infrastructure manager Infraestruturas de Portugal’s Ferrovia 2020 ...

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    Second-hand inter-city coaches arrive in Portugal as CP looks to bolster fleet


    Photo: José Carlos Barbosa PORTUGAL: National operator CP has completed the purchase of 51 hauled coaches from Spanish counterpart RENFE as part of its efforts to mitigate an acute shortage of rolling stock. Initial negotiations started in February, when CP anticipated buying only 16 ...

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    EU funds allocated to Lisboa orbital metro scheme


    PORTUGAL: The European Commission has approved an €83m allocation from the EU Cohesion Fund to support expansion of the Lisboa metro network. Creation of a circular route around the city is envisaged under the plans, which would see a short connection built between the Yellow Line ...

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    More modernisation work to start on Douro Valley line


    Douro Valley Pinhao (Photos: Luis Almeida) PORTUGAL: Infraestruturas de Portugal is to modernise a further section of the Douro Valley line after receiving notice to proceed from both the finance and infrastructure ministries. The scenic route links Porto with Pocinho, a ...

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    Porto extensions win EU funding support


    PORTUGAL: The European Commission has announced €107m of EU Cohesion Funds for expansion of the Metro do Porto light rail network. This adds to €75m allocated in the national government’s 2020 budget. The two projects being supported are Line G, where a €63·6m contribution will support ...

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    Porto to introduce contactless ticketing this year


    PORTUGAL: Porto is to begin the rollout of contactless ticketing this year, enabling holders of EMV bank cards to touch a validator and travel without needing to use the local Andante smart card. The TIP group of transport operators is working with Visa CyberSource, financial services ...