Third Tagus crossing confirmed

in Regional · 12-04-2008 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

This week the government confirmed the third bridge to cross the Tagus river would be constructed between Chelas and Barreiro and would cater for both rail and road travel.

Announced on Tuesday in parliament the government decided the Chelas/Barreiro crossing as the most favourable for rail travel, for which it was initially intended, and that it is “viable and justifiable to combine a road crossing” with the future rail bridge.
This therefore dismisses the Beato-Montijo option, presented in a study by the Portuguese Industry Confederation (CIP) and transport specialist José Manuel Viegas.
The Chelas-Barreiro Bridge will cover 13 kilometres, seven of which are over the Tagus River, and will eventually accommodate a high-speed Lisbon-Madrid train, hoped to commence in 2013.
Initially estimated to cost around 1.7 billion euros, the bridge will have two high-speed train lanes, two lanes for conventional locomotives, and a six-lane road for vehicles.
It is hoped to relieve the 25 de Abril bridge of a hefty part of its congestion, with estimates pointing to some 66,000 vehicles per day using the Chelas-Barreiro alternative by 2017.


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