CP’s selection board will now examine the applications to ensure they qualify, with a decision due to be made 44 days after the tender closed on February 12. All candidates who meet the technical and financial capacity requirements will be invited to submit.

CP published the tender notice after the government awarded the operator a new 10-year Public Service Obligation concession.

The contract - CP’s first order for new rolling stock in 20 years - has an estimated value of €168.2m and comprises 12 bi-mode (diesel and electric) multiple units and 10 EMUs.

The order is being financed with the aid of a €109m loan from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Cohesion Fund 2021-2027. The remaining funds will come from the national budget and Portugal’s Environmental Fund.

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