Infraestructuras de Portugal and the consortium of Sacyr Somague – Sacyr Infraestructuras signed a EUR 130.5 million contract for the construction of the Alandroal – Elvas rail section (connection to the East Line), on the new Évora Line, which will have a total length of 100 km, of which 80 km will have to be constructed. This line will be part of the future Southern International Corridor, which will connect the ports of the south of the country (Lisbon, Sines and Setúbal) with the railway network that connects with Spain through Badajoz.
Under the contract, the consortium will have to perform construction works for a new 38.5 km section, which runs mostly through rural areas and which links the Évora Line, the Alandroal subsection and the Eastern Line.
The works include the construction of the rail platform, drainage and other infrastructures such as viaducts, crossings, stations, technical buildings and those related to signalling and telecommunications.
The consortium will build 13 rail bridges with a total length of 6.3 km, 26 over-and-under crossings and will renew 30 road crossings.
Infraestructuras de Portugal expects that the new line to be completed in December 2023.
The project is part of the railway connection between Elvas and Évora, which is Portugal largest investment. The line will be integrated into the Sines – Badajoz, as the Southern International Corridor, which includes the Évora-Elvas/Caia (Spanish border). The EUR 530 million project will ensure freight transport services between Port of Sines, in Alentejo region, and Spain. With the end of the project, the route between Sines and Caia will be reduced by 140 km and travel time by 3.30 hours, allowing the movement of 750-m freight trains on the line.