Opposition blames Government for train woes

By TPN/Lusa, in Business · 09-08-2018 11:40:00 · 0 Comments
Opposition blames Government for train woes

Portugal’s opposition PSD party has blamed the government for the “operational bankruptcy” of state train operator CP, after the company announced it had reduced the number of trains on various lines “because of a lack of rolling stock and respective maintenance”.

Speaking to Lusa News Agency, Carlos Silva MP said that “The government owes the Portuguese an explanation” for this latest reduction in CP services, which has been a constant since this government came to power in other public transport companies too, such as Carris, Metro and the Tagus ferries.
“We have become aware that in a period of greater demand because of more tourists and the holiday period, apart from not increasing the number
of services, they have reduced them

and even cancelled trains”, Carlos Silva, the PSD coordinator for the transport area, said.
“We are also aware that the poor or even total lack of maintenance, associated with a lack of rolling stock has forced the company to make repairs ‘on the run’, particularly to air conditioning systems, with passengers travelling between Lisbon and Porto in complete discomfort, he added.
“No matter that the infrastructures minister, Pedro Marques, blames the previous government, We have to remember that this government has been in power for almost three years and has permanently shown itself tragically incompetent in managing the public services”, Carlos Silva added.


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