Lisbon Metro with cork covered seats in €1.825M investment

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 09-01-2020 12:08:00 · 5 Comments

The Lisbon Metro is to renovate the interior of its entire train fleet, replacing the fabric lining on current seats with cork lining, an investment of €1.825 million, the company said on Thursday.

In a press release to Lusa, the company said that 13,516 seats will be covered with cork, a product of national origin, lower cost, easier to maintain and environmentally friendly, coinciding with the "2020 - Lisbon Green Capital of the European Union" initiative.

"The new material for the seats and seat backs, which will replace the current fabric, is made of a cork composite, its texture and natural colour being more perceptible," the carrier said.

According to the statement, since 2013 the metro has around 200 cork lined seats on an experimental basis, which are in good condition.

The replacement of the seats linings began on Monday, and, on average, one to two units per week (a six-car train) should be completed.

According to the company, the expected durability of the new cork-lined seats is estimated at 15 years, which is longer than the fabric lining.

The seats and backs have been dimensioned for total resistance in their daily use and, due to the properties of the chosen materials, are easy to clean and meet the requirements for the emission of fumes and toxic gases.

Metro de Lisboa foresees that the replacing will last throughout the year 2020.


Goodbye morning nap :(

By Luis from Lisbon on 11-01-2020 12:01

This is a great idea. I was in Lisbon in October; I thought the Metro was great for getting around the city. This will make it even better.

By Michael Crose from USA on 10-01-2020 09:08

Melhor que enfiassem alguma coisa pelo traseiro acima.

By Paula from Lisbon on 10-01-2020 12:25

I am in Lisbon until February and travel in the Metro daily . We have experienced these seats and think it's a great idea . Especially in the field of cleanliness , we've had to move seats because a person wet her seat and of course the material seat stays wet . Also we felt that the comfort was the same as with the previous material seats !

By Andre' Labuschagne from Lisbon on 09-01-2020 11:40


By Dilip from Lisbon on 09-01-2020 09:12
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