#Portugal – €68 million cohesion investment to upgrade #MinhoRailwayLine

| August 2, 2019

The Cohesion Fund invests almost €68 million in northern Portugal, to upgrade the 92-km section of the Minho single-track railway line between Nine and Valença, on the Spanish border. The project is part of the Porto-Valença-Spain rail corridor, which plays an important economic role in the region.

In addition, the upgrade will improve comfort, safety and reliability on the line, will reduce travel time by 10 minutes for international trains and will support the development of intermodal transport by linking important nodes such as the Port of Leixões, Porto’s Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport and logistics hubs.

Research, Science and Innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas said: “This upgrade to the Minho railway line will boost Portugal’s connectivity with the rest of Europe, along the Atlantic coast. On top of promoting a shift to more environmentally-friendly transport, passengers and businesses will enjoy better connections with the Spanish region of Galicia and increased mobility in the greater Porto area.”

This €68 million investment represents the second stage of a cohesion project overall worth €125m. This second stage includes the electrification of the line and the construction of four stations at Midões, Barroselas, Carreço and Carvalha to allow larger goods trains to cross. The rail section should be operational in 2021.


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