Five consortia for Lisbon Red Line extension

Lisbon Red LineFive bidders have submitted their proposals for the design and construction of Lisbon Red Line extension between São Sebastião to Alcântara. Metropolitano de Lisboa says that the base price of the contract is worth EUR 330 million and the proposals have a value between EUR 306 and 345 million.

The bidders are:

  • FCC Construcción, Contratas Y Ventas, and Alberto Couto Alves
  • Teixeira Duarte, Casais, Alves Ribeiro, Tecnocia, Epos and Somafel
  • Mota-Engil and its Portuguese subsidiary Spie Batignolles Internacional
  • Acciona Construcción and Domingos da Silva Teixeira
  • Zagope, Comsa Instalaciones y Sistemas Industriales, Comsa and Fergrupo

The 4 km extension will start from the already built area, located near São Sebastião station (an interchange station between Blue and Red Lines), through a tunnel built next to the Palace of Justice. Along the double-track tunnel, it is planned to build three new underground stations (Amoreiras/Campolide, Campo de Ourique and Infante Santo) and Alcântara station that will be built above ground.

The tender for this extension has been launched in January 2023 and works are expected to be completed in 2026. The project has a financing of EUR 405.5 million through Portugal’s Recovery and Resilience Plan which is financing two metro projects.

When completed, the line will provide connection between the airport and Alcântara district situated in western Lisbon. The extension is expected to add 11 million new passengers in the first year of its operation, eliminating 3.7 million car trips per year which will translate in a reduction of 6.2 million tonnes of CO2. This section would deliver benefits estimated at EUR 1 billion in three decades.

Lison Red Line extension is part of Metropolitano de Lisboa strategy to expand metro network to improve Lisbon mobility, promoting accessibility and connectivity in public transport, the reduction of travel times and the decarbonisation of transport supported by the increase of city’s public transport.

Metropolitano de Lisboa plans three expansion projects including the Circular Line, Red Line extension and the modernisation of the signalling systems and the renewal of the train fleet.

The Circular Line covers a 1.9 km metro extension with two stations which will connect and Cais do Sodré stations on the Green Line, providing an expanded metro connection with the Yellow Line. EUR 331 million is the value of the project that was approved in November 2018. On February 28, 2023, Metropolitano de Lisboa announced the completion of tunnel excavation that will link the future Estrela and Santos stations. This extension is expected to enter passenger services in the fourth quarter of 2024 and in the first year of operation, will attract 9 million passengers. This extension will remove 3.4 million car trips and will reduce CO2 emissions by 4.1 million tonnes.

Under the extension and modernisation project, the metro operator is implementing in parallel the installation of the new CBTC signalling system between Oriente and São Sebastião stations. In 2021, Metropolitano de Lisboa signed a EUR 114.5 million contract with a consortium comprising Stadler and Siemens Mobility for the supply of 14 three-car metro trains and the CBTC system to be installed on the Blue, Green and Yellow lines.

The Violet Line is a proposed connection between Quinta de Sao Roque and Hospital Beatriz Ângelo in Loures municipality, 15 km north of Lisbon city centre. EUR 390 million is the value of the project covering the construction of a 13 km line with 19 stations, with three underground stations, expected to be completed in 2025. Metropolitano de Lisboa and the authorities of Loures and Odivelas municipalities signed an agreement in 2021 to start the project that was approved in September 2021. In Loures, the line will be 7.4 km long served by 11 stations in three districts and in Odivelas, the remaining 5.1 km with eight stations will provide transport access in six districts. This light rail line is financed by the Recovery and Resilience Plan and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2026.

This expansion of the system will reach parts of Lisbon that do not have metro connection and will provide an extended public transport system and access to heavy-rail network through the Lisboa – Cascais line and river ports linking Lisboa and Montijo, Seixal and Almada.


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