Metro do Porto has launched an international tender for the construction of Ruby metro Line which will connect Casa da Música, in Porto, to Santo Ovídio, in Vila Nova de Gaia. 17th of July is the deadline for bidders to submit their proposals and the construction works are expected to start by the end of this year.
The announcement was made by the Minister of the Environment, Duarte Cordeiro, the President of Metro do Porto, Tiago Filipe da Costa Braga, the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, and the Mayor of Vila Nova de Gaia, Eduardo Vítor Rodrigues on May 10, 2023.
The 6.3 km Casa da Música – Santo Ovídio line will have eight stations with Santo Ovídio, Soares dos Reis, Devesas, Rotunda, Candal and Arrábida in Vila Nova de Gaia and Campo Alegre and Casa da Música in Porto. This tender also includes the construction of a new bridge over the Douro River, between the Massarelos/Campo Alegre area and Arrábida. The bridge will be constructed 70 metres above river level and will have a total length of 835 metres.
Casa da Música, Campo Alegre, Devesas, Soares dos Reis and Santo Ovídio are the five stations which will provide underground services, with the remaining three stations designed to be built at surface.
The new line will be connected with the Yellow Line at Santo Ovídio station and with the Orange, Green, Red, blue and Violet lines at Casa da Música, in Porto. In addition, it will also have connection with the future high-speed railway between Porto and Lisbon.
EUR 370 million is the estimated value of the contract. EUR 435 million is the overall investment value of the project of which EUR 299 million is the guaranteed funding from the Recovery and Resilience Plan.
Metro do Porto says that the line would be completed in 2026 and will be operated by 16 pairs of trains per hour and direction.
The new Ruby metro Line is expected to bring 12 million new passengers and to contribute to the reduction of 12,000 tonnes of CO2 in the first year of operation.
“The new bridge over the Douro River will expand the territorial coverage of the metro system in Porto Metropolitan Area, but, above all, will reduce congestion problems between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia,” the minister said.
“This is one of the most important works for urban mobility in our region. Leveraging the use of public transport in essential areas of our cities, capturing passengers for the system and fulfilling social and environmental goals are essential,” the mayor of Gaia said.
With the completion of this line, the works to extend the Yellow Line and construction of the Pink Line, currently underway, and the future expansion to Gondomar, Maia, Matosinhos or Trofa, the network will be able to “evolve to a true model of integrated public transport system. This is how the future of our cities is made,” the mayor of Gaia commented.
“It is not possible achieve carbon neutrality in 2030 if we are not able to find a replacement for individual transport. The two municipalities are capable of working together, resulting in benefits for the populations of both the counties,” the mayor of Porto said.
In 2020, Porto Metro announced the winner of a EUR 288 million contract for the construction of the 3 km Yellow Line with three stations and the 2.7 km Pink Line which is a circular metro line connecting São Bento and Casa da Música. The project covers the construction of 6.2 km of metro lines with seven stations. In November 2022, Metro do Porto and Alstom signed a contract to supply the signalling, safety and control systems for the Yellow Line extension from Santo Ovídio to Vila d’Este, in the south area of Porto.