Electrification of Algarve railway moving ahead

in Algarve · 11-09-2020 01:00:00 · 1 Comments
Electrification of Algarve railway moving ahead

In coming weeks, Infrastructures of Portugal (IP) expects to launch the tender for works for the electrification of the railway sections between Tunes / Lagos and Faro / Vila Real de Santo António, on the Algarve Line, representing an investment of €65 million.

“We are only waiting for the latest permits. The Faro / Vila Real de Santo António environmental assessment process has been completed, while the environmental assessment of the Tunes / Lagos section nearing completion,” IP vice president, Carlos Fernandes, said.

The contracts for the electrification of the entire railway line in the district of Faro have a total value of €65 million, 75 percent of which are reimbursed by community funds, and are part of the 2020 Investment Plan for the Railway.

According to the head of IP, the electrification of the two railway sections “will allow the modernis-ation of the Algarve Line, with the automation of all level crossings”.

“It will be an important step towards the requalification of the Algarve’s rail system that will allow CP to use newer, more modern, comfortable and faster trains”, he stressed.

Carlos Fernandes estimates that with the electrification of the entire line and with the new rolling stock “there will be a time saving of between 25 and 30 minutes on the Vila Real de Santo António / Lagos connection”.

The vice-president of IP also said that the company proposed to the Government “a significant improvement” of the rail link between Lisbon and Faro, “a project that allows a set of variants to the current line in the mountain area, with a reduction in time” in the connection between the two cities.


A nice idea: modernize the track and upgrade trains. Anyone would think the journeys will become smoother and faster.
A train journey from VRSA to Lagos, with a change or brief stop in Faro, currently takes about 3 hours. Cutting that journey time by 25 to 30 minutes means you would still be sitting in the train for 2.5 hours. And what about the Faro-Lagos leg? A gain of 10 minutes perhaps?
Not saying we need high-speed trains, but surely travel times could be improved more than that. Perhaps introduce a few faster trains which do not stop at every station.

by Annie from Algarve on 15-09-2020 10:04:00
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