The Portuguese Government has approved €168.21m to acquire 22 regional trains for the state-owned transport company Comboios de Portugal (CP).
The procurement of new vehicles will enable CP to support operations on the regional lines.
Portugal Minister of Planning and Infrastructures Pedro Marques said at the press conference: “The specifications will include 12 automotive units bimodal, suitable to circulate on electrified and non-electrified lines, and ten electric units.”
He stated that it is the first time in nearly 20 years that CP is set to purchase new rolling stock.
The overall acquisition will be funded from the European structural and investment funds under the ERDF and Cohesion Fund for the 2021-2027 programming period.
Portugal’s investment represents around one-third of the total amount and will be allocated from the Environmental Fund and is expected next year.
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Overall procurement process will also start next year with the launch of the tender process and is scheduled to end in 2026 after receiving the last train.
During this period, CP will provide services on the regional lines with vehicles supplied by Spanish railway operator Renfe under a train rental protocol.
Marques added that the country’s Railway Equipment Maintenance Company is set to recruit around 100 new workers for the maintenance of Comboios de Portugal trains.
He added that the €2bn railway infrastructure investment plan is underway.
Portugal’s Council of Ministers said that these steps are expected to promote the usage of public transportation in the country supporting its decarbonisation objective.