The Minister of the Environment, Duarte Cordeiro, said this Tuesday that no “step back” will be taken on the circular line of the Metropolitano de Lisboa, reiterating that it is in progress and will be completed.
“No step will be taken backwards. We are carrying out the work and we will complete it”, said the Minister of the Environment in statements to journalists on the sidelines of the Lisbon Energy Summit & Exhibition 2023, which runs until June 1 in Lisbon.
Duarte Cordeiro stated the need to distinguish the operation from the work that has to be carried out, specifying that while “the operation can be done in several ways, the work can only be done in one way”.
In a statement issued last week, the Ministry of the Environment admitted that the operation of the future circular line of the Lisbon metro could be done “in a loop”, without transfers at Campo Grande station for passengers on the Yellow line, referring the decision to the company.
The operation of the circular line, as defined, foresees that passengers leaving the Odivelas, Senhor Roubado, Ameixoeira, Lumiar, Quinta das Conchas and Telheiras stations will have to change trains at Campo Grande if they want to go to other areas of Lisbon.
With “loop” circulation, this transshipment is no longer necessary and the train leaving the future Yellow line continues on the new circular line.
In the statement, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Action said that circulation on the circular line could go through the operation “usually designated by the expression ‘in a loop’ or a combination of these types of operation”.
“The decision on the operating model, simple or combined, will be defined in due time by Metropolitano de Lisboa, supported by the demand and operation studies that will substantiate it”, he added.
Questioned about possible delays in the work and about the opposition that the closure of some has generated, Duarte Cordeiro said that the expectation is that it will be possible to resume the operation on 1 July.
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