INFRASTRUCTURE Portugal has issued an international tender to complete the design and environmental studies to quadruple the Lisbon Roma/Areeiro - Braço de Prata section of the Cintura Line, as well as modernise the Braço de Prata - Sacavém section of the North Line, as part of the 2030 National Investment Programme (PNI). The contract is worth €9.4m.

The project also includes:

  • redesigning the track layout at Lisbon Oriente station to add three more tracks
  • the construction of new stations at Chelas/Olaias, Braço de Prata and Marvila - a connection will be built between Chelas main line station and Olaias metro station
  • the construction of three bridges, one viaduct and two tunnels
  • the complete replacement of catenary on the Cintura and North lines, and
  • the construction of support infrastructure for the signalling and telecommunications systems.

The projects, which cover 15.5km, are expected to increase capacity, line speeds and service frequencies for passengers travelling within the Lisbon Metropolitan Area on suburban, regional and long-distance trains. The improvements will also facilitate the introduction of high-speed services between Oriente station in Lisbon and Campanhã station in Porto.

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