Algarve Line: €25,4M contract signed for the electrification of the Tunes/Lagos section

The Court of Auditors' visa is still missing.

On the 24th of February, the company Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) signed the contract for the construction of the Electrification of the Algarve Line on the Tunes/Lagos section, with the consortium formed by the companies Comsa Instalaciones y Sistemas Industriales SAU, FERGRUPO – Construções Técnicas Ferroviárias, SA and COMSA, SA, for the amount of 25,423 million euros.

The intervention to be carried out along the 45-kilometre stretch involves work to provide the track with a 25 kV/50Hz electric traction system, interventions to improve safety, reliability and operation of rail traffic, as well as reinforcement interventions. safety of pedestrian and road crossing conditions.


Equip the track with a 25 kV/50Hz electric traction system:
>> Lowering of the railway in an extension of approximately 400 meters to allow the template of electrification under existing Overpasses;
>>Intervention in the metal bridges of Portimão and Vale da Lama to install a catenary;
>>Interventions in station buildings and stops for the installation of fixed electric traction infrastructure;
Interventions to improve the safety, reliability and operation of railway traffic:
>>Construction of a new infrastructure to support Signaling and Telecommunications systems;
>>Slope stabilization work;
>>Demolition, rehabilitation or construction of new longitudinal and transversal drainage to be carried out along the section
>>Adaptation and construction of telecommunications rooms.
Interventions to reinforce the safety of pedestrian and road crossing conditions:
>>Requalification of the Level Crossing (PN) pedestrian crossing at kilometer 313,914, through the construction of the Highway Overpass at kilometer 314,254;
>>Suppression of the PN at kilometer 324,964, through the construction of the Highway Overpass at kilometer 324,964;
>>Requalification of the PN Pedestrian Crossing at kilometer 330,572, with the construction of the Highway Overpass at kilometer 330,009.

 

Infraestruturas de Portugal will shortly submit the contract for consideration by the Court of Auditors (TC). After the granting of the Prior Visa by TC, “the necessary procedures will be developed for the consignment of the work and the beginning of the works in the field”, explains the company.

 

Electrification of the Algarve Line: Modernization of the rail transport system

The electrification of the Algarve Line is being carried out in two works. The first corresponds to the electrification of the section between Faro/Vila Real de Santo António, which began on the 2nd of November of last year and is under development. The second corresponds to the electrification of the section between Tunes/Lagos.

The electrification of the Algarve Line, along its entire 140 kilometers, will ensure important benefits in terms of safety, efficiency, quality of service and environmental sustainability.

The operation on the Algarve Line entirely using electric rolling stock will allow the use of more modern, comfortable and faster trainsets, reducing travel time between Lagos and Vila Real de Sto. Antonio in 25 minutes.

In addition to the advantages in terms of speed and safety, the reinforcement of the operating capacity will make it possible to increase the number of circulations available to users, greatly benefiting mobility in the metropolitan arc of the Algarve.

This action is co-financed by COMPETE 2020, under the name “Linha do Algarve – Eletrificação”, for which 85% of Community funding is expected.



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