Investment in Cascais Line approved

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 25-12-2019 10:00:00 · 0 Comments

The minister of infrastructure has said that there is already an investment approved for renewal of the railway infrastructure of the Cascais Line, but there is a lack of money for rolling stock (trains), and the government is working to achieve this.

"We already have an investment approved for the renewal of the infrastructure [Cascais Line railway]. Now we need to get the rolling stock so that we can then change the voltage," said the minister of infrastructure, Pedro Nuno Santos, in his speech during the meeting "The Challenges of the National Railway Industry," in Lisbon.

Underlining that the safety issues raised concerning the Cascais Line are safeguarded by Infraestruturas de Portugal and by railway incumbent CP – Comboios de Portugal, Pedro Nuno Santos said that the work that the government is doing concerning that section is to work to obtain funds for investment in rolling stock.

"At the moment I do not have the money to make that investment [in rolling stock] but we are working to achieve it," he said.

In November 2018, the then planning minister, Pedro Marques, said that the launch of works on the Cascais railway line, in the district of Lisbon, should take place either at the end of that year or in early 2019.

In a hearing before three parliamentary committees, as part of the discussion on the proposed 2019 budget, Pedro Marques recalled that €50 million was planned in the altyerations to the Portugal 2020 programme.

"I came here [parliament] saying that it would create conditions to do work. We made the reprogramming of Portugal 2020, there are the financial resources to make this investment and to launch this work. Perhaps we will launch this work either at the end of this year [2018] or at the beginning of 2019," he said.

Pedro Marques told MPs that the first works on the Cascais Line would take place at the level of infrastructure, for safety and the signalling system.


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