Portuguese government presents 2030 Rail Investment Plan
The Portuguese government has presented 2030 infrastructure investment plan to the national parliament. It consists of nineteen rail projects at a total budget of 4.1 billion Euros.
Nine of the projects have already commenced, the most important being the new rail connection between Lisbon and Porto. At a total budget of 1.5 billion Euros, a high-speed connection will be constructed for passenger services, reserving the current rail track for cargo trains.
Other key projects include a new bridge above the Tagus river to shorten rail service time between Lisbon and the regions of Alentejo and Algarve (South), thereby developing an Atlantic corridor on the Portuguese coast, as well as a new railway between Aveiro and Mangualde, at a total cost of 650 million Euros. For this last project the EU has rejected to grant funds due a lack of clear profitability.
Other projects include a rail tunnel in Alcantara to connect Cascais and Cintura at a budget of 200 million Euros and electrification of the remaining non-electrified railway network at a total budget of 205 million Euros. A direct rail track between Sines and Grandola will be constructed at a budget of 120 million Euros to avoid the slopes of the Santiago do Cacem mountains and facilitate the traffic of heavy freight trains. Further, upgrades will be done towards rail safety, noise reduction and signalling and telecommunication system improvement at a budget of 375 million and 270 million Euros respectively.