FIVE bids have been submitted for the contract to design and build a 4km extension of Lisbon Metro’s Red Line from São Sebastião to Alcântara.

Lisbon Metro says that the bids vary in price from €306m to €345m, and have been submitted by the following joint ventures:

  • FCC Construcción, Convensa and Alberto Couto Alves
  • Teixeira Duarte, Casais, Alves Ribeiro, Tecnocia, Epos and Somafel
  • Mota-Engil and the Portuguese subsidiary of Spie Batignolles International
  • Acciona Construcción and Domingos da Silva Teixeira, and
  • Zagope, Comsa Instalaciones y Sistemas Industriales, Comsa and Fergrupo.

The tender, which has a budget of €330m, was launched in January.

The extension will run for 4km from the Red Line’s current western terminus at São Sebastião with three new underground stations at Campolide/ Amoreiras, Campo de Ourique and Infante Santo, while the new terminus at Alcântara will be built on the surface.

Interchange will be provided at Alcântara with the future Western Sustainable Intermodal Line (Lios), a 24.4km light rail line running west to Cruz Quebrada.

Lisbon Metro and Recuperar Portugal, the body overseeing the country’s 2021-26 Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), signed an agreement in October 2021 to provide €304m for the Red Line metro extension as well as €390m for the Violet light rail line from Odivelas to Loures. The funding for the Red Line project is conditional on completion by December 31 2026.

According to Portugal’s minister of the environment and climate action, Mr Duarte Cordeiro, the extension should attract an additional 25 million passengers a year, replacing 1.9 million car journeys and saving 24,000 tonnes of CO₂ emissions.

An in-depth feature on the expansion of Lisbon’s Metro appeared in the June edition of IRJ. Premium subscribers can read it online here.