Communist Party’s 'Algarve rail improvements' proposal approved by parliament

railwayclockThe Portuguese Communist Party’s draft resolution, "For the improvement of rail transport in the Algarve" has been approved in parliament, with a favourable vote from the ruling socialists.
 
The draft resolution, which now becomes a parliamentary resolution, proposed that the State completes the electrification of the Algarve line for the 'Lagos - Tunes' and 'Faro - Vila Real de Santo António' sections of track, within the original deadlines.

 

Also, the project to modernise the Algarve line with a direct rail link to Faro Airport was approved and the possibility of creating a direct rail link between the Algarve and Andalusia is to be followed up.

New electric rolling stock for the Algarve line was approved and the conversion of rail workshops at Vila Real de Santo António to enable the maintenance and repair of the new trains.

A boost in staff numbers was approved, including the hiring of engineers and station staff, as was the upgrading of the rolling stock currently in service on the Algarve line.

Selected stations along the line will be done up and new stops will be created where necessary, plus the reactivation the S. Marcos da Serra station.

Better links between rail and other modes of public transport will be developed, especially at stations farthest from urban centres.

For the Communist Party, these proposals, "undeniably will contribute to an improvement in the service provided to users, making rail the most attractive option for residents and visitors to the region, with a very positive impact on the mobility of people and bringing huge benefits for the environment and sustainable development at local and regional level."

The government needs now to schedule a timetable for the long-overdue work, with inclusion in the 2019 State Budget now a real possibility.

As this alleged debate was not listed in the parliamentray schedule and the date approaches April 1st, readers safely can assume that it is a cruel hoax.

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+1 #5 SaraT 2018-03-31 09:14
Quoting Peter Booker:
But you did see, Ed, that the government has at least two backstops. First the budget; and second the Court of Auditors. I think that the PCP is whistling in the wind, since the idea of a rail connexion with Andalusia requires Spanish cooperation. They have already removed their rail track some 30 years ago.

an early and cruel April fools news item, I fear. Naughty Ed :lol:
0 #4 Peter Booker 2018-03-31 08:19
But you did see, Ed, that the government has at least two backstops. First the budget; and second the Court of Auditors. I think that the PCP is whistling in the wind, since the idea of a rail connexion with Andalusia requires Spanish cooperation. They have already removed their rail track some 30 years ago.
+3 #3 TT 2018-03-30 22:10
Quoting Ed:
Quoting Maximillian:
Ed, are you confused? It's not April 1 yet! :)

Well spotted, I will have to do better.....

You are forgiven Ed, it all sounds like an April Fool joke. Especially given there is no election in the foreseeable....
+1 #2 Ed 2018-03-30 17:27
Quoting Maximillian:
Ed, are you confused? It's not April 1 yet! :)

Well spotted, I will have to do better.....
+3 #1 Maximillian 2018-03-30 17:22
Ed, are you confused? It's not April 1 yet! :)

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