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Government says it's incomprehensible that the Cascais line has 70-year-old trains

Pedro Nuno Santos traveled this afternoon by train between the stations of Cais do Sodré (Lisbon) and Cascais to mark the awarding of the contract for the modernization of the track and the catenary of the Cascais line, in an investment of 32 million euros.

The contract, which is expected to last two years, is part of the first phase of the modernization plan for the Cascais line, for which an overall investment of around 100 million euros is planned.

After the trip, which lasted about 45 minutes, in which also participated the Mayor of Cascais, Carlos Carreiras (PSD) and elements of the Infraestrutura de Portugal (IP) and the CP, the government official gave a short speech to highlight the importance of the Cascais Line and the planned interventions.

“We have a line from the last century. It is incomprehensible and unjustifiable that the country has let this line fall behind. We have a line that is an island in the context of the national rail network. It is isolated and has rolling stock that is 70 years old,” he described.

The official also used the figures released by CP President Pedro Moreira to point out that the trains of the Cascais line carry the equivalent of 1 buses and 700 cars per day, highlighting the economic and environmental benefits of the infrastructure.

Regarding the arrival of rolling stock, the Minister responsible for equipment reported the allocation of 116 trains at the end of the 1st quarter of 2023 and the arrival of the first compositions in 2026.

The contract contracted today provides for the migration of the current electrification system of the Cascais line, currently at 1500 V (volts), to 25 kV (kilovolts), "which will make it possible to harmonize the operating conditions of this line with the rest of the National Rail Network and to reduce annually by more than one million euros the energy costs borne by CP with the operation of the service".

It is also planned the implementation of seven new crossroads diagonals, layout changes in the stations of Oeiras and Cascais and the creation of a new connection to the material park of Carcavelos.

The construction is underway of an electric traction substation (SST) in Sete Rios to supply the Cascais line and the installation of a new signaling system and a speed control system.

The call for tenders is launched for the installation of public information and video surveillance systems, the improvement of stations and stops and the installation of an electric cable between the Sete Rios SST and the Cascais line.

The modernization plan for the Cascais line aims to "increase the sustainability, economic and environmental, quality and efficiency of the rail service in order to encourage the use of public transport for the thousands of people who travel daily to Lisbon" , according to IP.

FCC (RCS) // VAM

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