PSD accuses PS of lying «with all its teeth» regarding the electrification of the Algarve Line

Cristóvão Norte states: Electrification of the Algarve Line completed only in 2027

PSD Algarve states that «the announcement of the completion of the electrification of the Algarve Line in 2024, made a month ago by the then Minister of Infrastructure João Galamba, and repeated over and over again by the Socialist Party, is yet another ugly hoax, a sneaky trick that is being preached to the people of the Algarve».

Cristóvão Norte, president of the Algarve social democrats, even considers that such statements come «in the wake of his predecessor, Pedro Nuno Santos, who a year ago it had been assumed to be completed by the end of 2023, without this ever having been possible».

According to Cristóvão Norte, «they both lied and they lied consciously, shamelessly and without any trace of ethics».

This is because, he highlights, «it was published yesterday, in Diário da República, in the middle of hundreds of pages, an announcement of the procedure for the design/construction contract of the Olhão traction substation, work without which there cannot be electrification of the line, as there is no energy».

Now, adds Cristóvão Norte, «this public tender, in addition to a deadline of 45 days for submitting proposals, establishes a deadline of 660 days for carrying out the contract».

«Anyone who knows about these procedures knows that, even if the deadlines are scrupulously met, if we combine the various competitive and proposal evaluation moments, the process will never take less than three years».

«Nobody understands why this competition wasn’t launched sooner. It's like the Soflusa story, they bought the boats, but forgot to buy the batteries. There is no respect for citizens who have the right to the truth and there is plenty of incompetence», concludes the president of PSD/Algarve.

Algarve social democrats have been very critical of electrification, which they call an "incomplete meal", for having marginal gains in reducing travel time, and for not being accompanied, at least, by correcting the route, replacing the railway triangle of Tunis and connection to the airport Faro.