Metro do Porto awarded Alstom a contract to supply the signalling, safety and control systems for Porto Yellow metro line extension. Alstom will develop and equip the new line with signalling including a state-of-the-art interlocking, which will enable vehicles’ real time monitoring. The engineering, installation and commissioning of the system will be developed at Alstom’s new site in Maia, Porto district.
“We will develop this project from our new engineering facilities in Maia, where we lead signalling projects and digital mobility technologies for the Portuguese and international market,” David Torres, Alstom in Portugal Managing Director said.
Alstom supplied Metro do Porto 102 trains currently running on the network as well as the onboard signalling systems. Today, Alstom continues to support Metro do Porto in its growth process and will also provide the on-board ATP (Automatic Train Protection) system, which will be installed on the 18 trains that will be added to the fleet.
Porto metro Yellow line extension runs from Santo Ovídio to Vila d’Este, in the south area of Porto, adding three new stations to the network, including an underground station. The new 3,1 km route includes 500 metres of viaduct and a 1 km tunnel. It is scheduled to come into service in the first half of 2024.
In August 2020 Metro do Porto signed two EUR 288 million contracts for the expansion of the metro system covering sections totalling 6.2 km served by 7 stations. The project covers the extension of two lines. The Yellow Line is expected to be completed in 34 months (from contact signing). The total investment for this project is estimated at EUR 169 million and has received from the European Commission EUR 43.3 million through the 2014-2020 Cohesion Fund.
The development of this project goes hand in hand with the construction of a circular line – the Pink Line. This line that will interconnect four stations will run on a 3 km line from São Bento rail station and Casa da Música station. EUR 189 million is the contract value.
Metro do Porto includes approximately 78 km of track and six lines, transporting about 70 million passengers per year.