Railway takes 62 million cars off 25 de Abril bridge

By TPN/Lusa, in World · 02-08-2019 01:00:00 · 1 Comments

The railway crossing Lisbon’s Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge, inaugurated 20-years-ago, has transported 390 million passengers and has “removed” 62 million cars from the road deck above the railway.

According to Fertagus, the concessionaire, the railway line that crosses the bridge has not only improved the flow of transport into and out of the city of Lisbon but has also avoided the emission of 780,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the last 20 years.

The railway connection was inaugurated on 29 July 1999 and the first train took just over 10 minutes to connect Pragal, on the south bank, to Entrecampos, in Lisbon.

Fertagus also pointed out that it carries 83,000 passengers a day and that it has a punctuality rate of over 94 percent. In 2018 alone, 21 million users were transported.

Over a period of 20 years there has been no month in which Fertagus has failed to meet punctuality and regularity of service targets, the chief executive, Cristina Dourado, said.

The company, the first in Portugal to have female train drivers, currently has 168 employees, with an average age of 44 and 16 years of service.

From Fogueteiro to Entrecampos, the train takes 27 minutes, while the same journey made by car during the rush hour takes about an hour and a half, Lusa reported on 29 July 1999.

The railway crossing over the Tagus in Lisbon was an old idea: when the bridge was initially built in 1966, at the time of dictator, Oliveira Salazar, a tunnel of 600m (increased by more than 300m in 1999) was also built beneath the road tolls on the south side of the bridge which remained unused for 33 years until the train line opened.


The news is not correct. Or at least complete. The company already had Strikes that affected the circulation. Also not entirely sure how they got to that amount of allegedly cars removed from the deck. Its sure that helped the cross to Lisbon and from Lisbon to south. But only a couple months ago the prices (in conjunction with the state) got very low that using a car is not an option anymore. A couple months ago coming from Setubal to Lisbon could cost around 115e alone just to use the train. Not counting with buses and subway. Now with the new law the ticket only costs maximum 45e. Now that Makes using the car very expensive. Anyway its good to have alternatives that work now.

By FRED from Lisbon on 05-08-2019 09:38
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