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European Commission approves EUR83 million funding for Lisbon Metro expansion, Portugal [free access]

June 23, 2020

The European Commission (EC) has approved a grant of EUR83 million through the European Union’s (EU’s) Cohesion Fund to support an extension of the Lisbon metro network. The funding will support the project to connect the city’s Yellow line to the Green line between Rato and Cais do Sodré, via new stations in Santos and Estrela. The project cost is estimated at EUR216 million. The extension was initially scheduled to open in 2021 but the date has now been moved to 2024.


The project will be constructed in two sections: section 1, from Rato station to Santos station; and section 2, from Santos to Cais de Sodré. The extension will create a new circular line through the city centre, with six-car trains travelling at a frequency of 3 minutes and 40 seconds during peak hours. The extension is expected to reduce congestion and to improve air quality, with an estimated reduction in CO2 emissions by 5,000 tonnes per year by decreasing the use of private cars by 25 million passengers per km in the city. 


Portugal-based Zagope - Construções e Engenharia S.A. had secured the EUR48.6 million contract for the construction of the section from Rato station to Santos station in May 2020. The tender for the construction of the section from Santos to Cais de Sodré was relaunched after it was found that the proposals received for this lot were above the base price for the project. A consortium of Siemens and Stadler had secured a EUR114.5 million contract to install CBTC across the metro network and on 70 existing trains, and to supply 14 three-car trains in January 2020.


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