PORTO Metro has launched an international tender for the construction of the Ruby Line H from Casa da Música to Santo Ovídio, improving connections between Porto and Gaia to the south.

The contract is worth €370m, with the overall project worth €435m, fully funded by the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR). This has increased from €299m due to rising construction costs.

The 6.3km light rail line will have stations at Casa da Música, Campo Alegre, Arrábida, Candal, Rotunda, Devesas, Soares dos Reis and Santo Ovídio, and will include a new bridge over the Douro River as well as two tunnels. The line will interchange with the Blue, Red, Green, Violet and Orange lines at Casa da Música, and the Yellow Line at Santo Ovídio, and will also connect with planned high-speed services to Lisbon.

Construction is due to begin this year and to be completed by 2026. Interested parties have until July 17 to submit bids.

The budgets for two other metro lines in the city have also been increased. The Pink Line, the city’s first circular line connecting São Bento with Casa da Música, will now cost €243.5m instead of €189m. The 2.7km line should open in 2025.

The budget to extend the Yellow Line has also increased from €98.9m to €128.6m to cover the cost of adding stations at Manuel Leão, Hospital Santos Silva and Vila d’Este.

Features on Lisbon Metro’s expansion plans, and Portugal’s high-speed plans, will appear in the June issue of IRJ.