The Vale d’Ouro association described the delay in the electrification of the Douro line as “unspeakable and inexplicable”.
Based in Pinhão, in the municipality of Alijó, district of Vila Real, the association has been at the forefront of the defense of the Douro railway line and its reactivation towards Spain.
“This delay is unacceptable and is beginning to take very strange contours, the region deserves more respect and the country deserves an explanation for so many delays,” said Luís Almeida, president of the board of directors of Vale d’Ouro, quoted in a press release. .
The organization said that in recent days several decrees have been issued authorizing investment expenditure by Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP) “without the electrification of the Douro line between Marco de Canaveses and Régua having been considered”.
Real railway needs
And he recalled that this investment was planned within the framework of Ferrovia 2020, a program which he considers “marked by successive delays, poor planning and a poor response to the real needs of rail transport in the country“.
The association said that at the end of last year, during the municipal elections, it was known that “the electrification of the Douro line between Marco and Régua was removed from this investment framework”.
“With Portugal 2030 already underway, it is expected that this work can be framed within the new Community framework, however, to date this situation has not yet been confirmed and in the recent presentation made by IP, in an event of the National Railway Platform, there was no reference,” Vale d’Ouro pointed out.
Luís Almeida wants to know “what is the reason for this delay and why his execution is taking so long”.
“We are talking about public investment and if the company under supervision does not understand this dynamic, politicians must come and enlighten citizens,” he said.
The Douro line was electrified up to Marco de Canaveses and, in May 2021, a working group was formalized to study and define the model for the reopening of the 28-kilometer railway section between Pocinho and Barca d’Alva closed in 1988, and the conclusions should be presented in 14 months.