Train operator needs 200-250 new trains

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 05-12-2019 15:54:00 · 0 Comments

The president of Portugal’s train operator - Comboios de Portugal (CP), Nuno Freitas, said that, "without taking into account the current exponential increase in demand", in the next 20 years the company will need 200 to 250 new trains to be able to operate.

Freitas highlighted the desire to "do simple things well and get back to basics. We want to restore the regularity index of CP's commercial service to 100%", he explained, adding that the train should appear "on time".

Nuno Freitas also wants the train to appear "clean", classifying cleaning as "zero degree of comfort".

The president of CP said that currently the company "works with shortages of rolling stock", making rotations of "ten in ten, five in five, twenty in twenty" trains, and that "there is no one in the world operating this way".

Nuno Freitas also warned of the "scarcity of human resources", giving an example where "a reserve locomotive is 10 minutes away from a train that needs help but there is no driver.

"We would very much like to and will do everything we can to promote the construction of railway rolling stock in Portugal, so that we can ensure the sustainability of this sector in the medium and long term".

He also spoke about the "Portuguese train", mentioning that there is most likely to be a train made in Portugal".


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