In a statement, Metropolitano de Lisboa (ML) indicates that it has completed the Preliminary Study phase of the extension of the Red line for the purposes of the Environmental Impact Assessment and submitted to the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), on December 27, the Process of Environmental Licensing related to this study.

According to ML, the extension of the Red line between São Sebastião and Alcântara should start from the already built area, located after the São Sebastião station, and will cover a total length of about 4 kilometres, including about 380 metres of viaduct.

“Along the route of the double lane tunnel, the construction of three new underground stations (Amoreiras, Campo de Ourique and Infante Santo) and one aboveground station (Alcântara) are foreseen”.

Amoreiras station, according to the same information, will be located along Rua Conselheiro Fernando Sousa, close to its intersection with Avenida Engenheiro Duarte Pacheco and Campo de Ourique under the Jardim Teófilo Braga/Jardim da Parada.

The Infante Santo station will be located between this Avenue and Calçada das Necessidades, on municipal land.

As for the Alcântara station, ML states that it will be located on the west side of Praça General Domingos de Oliveira, on the Access Road to the 25 de Abril Bridge. Its boundaries will be Rua da Quinta do Jacinto to the north, Calçada da Tapada and Rua de Alcântara to the south and Praça General Domingos de Oliveira to the east.

ML recalls that the extension of the Red line is part of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) 2021-2026, with financing totalling €304 million.

“The expectation is that this extension of the Red line will be open for competition in 2022 and that it will be a reality in 2025/2026”, adds ML.

According to the company, the studies carried out indicate that the daily demand at the four stations that make up this extension will correspond to an increase in the first year, after entry into operation, of 11 million passengers (4.7 percent) of the entire network.

“Considering the 30-year analysis, the benefits generated by this Red line project amount to €1,047 million. The new configuration of the Red line will manage to remove 3.7 thousand individual vehicles from daily circulation in Lisbon, which means 6.2 thousand tonnes less of CO2 in the first year of operation”.