Government approves acquisition of 22 regional trains for CP

  • ECO News
  • 6 September 2018

This Thursday, the government has approved the acquisition of new trains for CP, the public rails operator. The operation, which counts with an investment cost of €168.21 million, is vital for CP.

The Portuguese cabinet on Thursday approved a plan to buy 22 regional trains for national rail operator CP, costing €168.21 million, with the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure noting this was a “historic step.”

“The Cabinet Meeting today approved a plan to buy rolling stock for CP-Comboios de Portugal and has authorised the company to spread the charges over eight years, totalling €168.21 million,” said the statement issued on Thursday.

At the press conference following Thursday’s regular Cabinet Meeting, the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Pedro Marques – who had announced the plans on Wednesday in the city fo Elvas – said this was a “historic step for CP” as it is “the first time in about 20 years that CP will have a plan to buy new railway rolling stock.”

According to the minister, “there is a clear need to add railway rolling stock to the regional lines,” on which the 22 new trains will be used, and the public tender for the acquisition will be carried out between 2019 and 2026.

Source: Lusa