PORTUGUESE authorities have agreed to begin work to construct a light rail line in the Odivelas and Loures districts of Lisbon, which will provide a connection with the Lisbon Metro Yellow Line.

The 12.1km line includes 6.7km in the Loures district, which will serve the Santo António dos Cavaleiros area with 10 stations, and 5.4km in the Odivelas district, which will serve the Póvoa de Santo Adrião, Olival Basto, Odivelas, Ramada and Caneças areas, with eight stations. The line will serve 174,000 residents and is expected to open in the fourth quarter of 2025.

The €250m project is funded by the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience Plan and forms part of the Lisbon Metro expansion and modernisation plan. A tender for the design and construction contract, as well as purchase of rolling stock, should be issued by the end of 2022.

This line will extend along the ‘C’ corridor and will connect two terminals, Hospital Beatriz Ângelo and Infantado, with the Odivelas station on the Lisbon Metro. The latter will act as an interchange with the new light rail line.

A ceremony was held on July 5, attended by Portuguese prime minister, Mr António Costa, minister for environment and climate action, Mr João Pedro Matos Fernandes, and secretary of state for mobility, Mr Eduardo Pinheiro, to sign the cooperation protocol for the development of a network of Collective Transport on Own Place (TSCP) using the Light Surface Subway (MLS) mode.

The proposed alignment for the new line, which will connect with Line C at its northern terminus at Odivelas.