In a statement, the carrier announced today that they approved the contract for the design and construction of the extension of the Red line to Alcântara to Mota-Engil – Engenharia e Construção and Spie Batignolles Internacional – Branch in Portugal for the global price of 321,888,000 euros, plus VAT at the legal rate.

The note explains that the public tender for the extension of the metro line to Alcântara was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 1 February, with the base price set at 330 million euros (plus VAT).

Four more competitors presented proposals in the competition: FCC Construcción, SA, Contratas Y Ventas, SAU and Alberto Couto Alves, SA, Teixeira Duarte – Engenharia e Construção, SA, Casais – Engenharia e Construção SA, Alves Ribeiro, SA, Tecnovia – Sociedade de Empreitadas, SA, EPOS – Empresa Portuguesa de Obras Subterrâneas, SA and Somafel – Engenharia e Obras Ferroviárias, SA, Acciona Construcción, SA and Domingos da Silva Teixeira, SA, and Zagope – Construções e Engenharia, SA, Comsa Instalaciones Y Sistemas Industriales, SA, Comsa, SA and Fergrupo – Construções e Técnicas Ferroviárias, SA.

Metropolitano informed that the signing of the contract “will take place after the legal deadlines and subsequent processing, in accordance with the regime set out in the Public Contracts Code”.

The total eligible cost for the extension of the Red Line from São Sebastião station to Alcântara is 405.4 million euros, foreseen in the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR) 2021-2026, and includes a European investment of 304 million euros and national financial support of 101.4 million.

The extension of the Red Line to Alcântara “will serve areas with strong attraction and generation of trips, with significant housing and employment density, schools, commerce and services, as well as targets of major urban rehabilitation, such as the Alcântara area”, explains the note.

In another four kilometers of the line starting at Lisbon airport, four new stations are planned – Amoreiras/Campolide, Campo de Ourique, Infante Santo and Alcântara – and the latter will connect to the future Sustainable Intermodal Line (Lios Occidental), promoting connection to the municipality of Oeiras.

According to Metropolitano, “It is estimated that the daily demand captured in the four stations that make up this extension will correspond to an increase of 4.7% of customers across the entire network, around 87.8% of the estimated increase in demand corresponds to the current public transport users”.

The demand captured from current users of individual transport “represents 11.8%”, corresponding to 3,700 fewer individual vehicles circulating daily, “with time gains of 72%, of which 53.2% correspond to current users” and, considering analysis over 30 years, “avoided emissions will amount to 175.6 thousand tons of CO2”, said the company.

“It is also estimated that the transfer of passengers from road modes to the Lisbon metro will avoid the emission of 6.2 thousand tons of CO2 equivalent (CO2) in the first year of operation”, it is said.

The Metropolitano's expansion plan aims to contribute to improving mobility in the city of Lisbon, “fostering accessibility and connectivity in public transport, promoting the reduction of travel times, decarbonisation and sustainable mobility”, he concluded.

Metropolitano has the “expectation” that the extension of the Red Line “will be a reality in 2025/2026”.