The colloquium “100 Years of the Arrival of the Train in Lagos – past, present and future” takes place this Friday, July 29, at the Lagos Cultural Centre.
Historians and researchers Hugo Silva Pereira and Joaquim Manuel Rodrigues, who are part of the first panel of speakers, will address the theme “The long walk of the train to Lagos” and explain “The vicissitudes of the construction of the Lagos railway branch (1878 – 1922) ”, recovering the memory of what that event was for Lagos and its geographic, social, political and economic context.
This panel also counts with the communication of Manuel de Novaes de Cabral, president of the Fundação Museu Nacional Ferroviário, who will present the work that has been developed to promote the study, conservation and valorization of the historical, cultural heritage. and Portuguese railway technology.
In the afternoon, the topics in focus will be, above all, related to the present and future of the railroad. Carlos Fernandes, vice president of Infraestruturas de Portugal, will address the challenges that the XNUMXst century poses to the railways.
The objective is to talk «about the priorities of this entity in terms of modernization and development of the national rail network, in conjunction with the other means of transport, and the harmonization in general with the European network», says the Lagos Chamber.
Pedro Moreira, vice president of CP, will address the revitalization of the passenger rail transport service.
There will also be a presentation by Eduardo Zúquete, a mobility scholar, who devoted much of his professional activity to the transport sector and applied operational research.
«His angle of analysis is related to the characterization of the Algarve, which he equates to many European cities, and to the question – which he proposes to answer in this colloquium – about what is lacking, in terms of transport, this region to that it can truly acquire the experience of a European city of the XNUMXst century», says the local authority.
The opening session of this event will be held by Hugo Pereira and Joaquina Matos, mayors of the Lagos City Council and the Lagos Municipal Assembly, respectively, as organizers of the commemorations, and will also feature the participation of José Apolinário, president of CCDR Algarve.
The moderation of the panels, in turn, will be in charge, in the morning, by José António Martins, Senior Technician of History at the Municipality of Lagos, and, in the afternoon, by Elisabete Rodrigues (journalist and director of Sul Informação).
The event has free admission, with prior registration taking place through online form, adding the possibility of on-site registration on the same day, subject only to the capacity of the Auditorium.
The detailed program of the celebrations is available here