Mayor of Faro criticizes Government for forgetting the Algarve at high speed – Sociedade

The mayor of Faro accused this Thursday the Government of having forgotten “once again” the Algarve in the presentation of the Porto-Lisbon fast connection, regretting that politicians only remember the region during the summer holidays.

“It is good news for the North. Once again, for the South, there is absolutely no news. We are waiting for next summer”, said Rogério Bacalhau (PSD) to Lusa, in reaction to the presentation, on Wednesday, of the project high-speed connection from Lisbon to Porto and Porto to Vigo (Spain).

For the mayor, “as a general rule, politicians, namely those in the central administration, remember the Algarve in July and August, a time that has passed”, and he repeated that the region “will have to wait for next year”.

“We are full of promises”, he said, listing some promises that were not fulfilled by the Government, such as the Special Recovery Plan for covid-19, the requalification of Estrada Nacional 125 or the electrification of the Algarve regional line that runs from Lagos. Vila Real de Santo António.

The mayor said that those who travel to the Algarve and “have decision-making capacity”, go by car “and not by train” and, therefore, “there are no major problems”, he joked.

Rogério Bacalhau criticized that, in order to meet the environmental goals of decarbonization, there has been an increase in bus transport, which he considered to be a “nonsensical”.

“Even the promise of a quick connection to the North, let’s see if it is fulfilled”, concluded the mayor of the Algarve capital.

According to the project, the new high-speed Porto-Lisbon line, which aims to connect the country’s two main cities in just one hour and 15 minutes on the direct service, will have no stops and will be built in three phases.

The first phase, the section between Porto and Soure, expected to be completed by 2028, has an estimated travel time of one hour and 59 minutes.

The second section, between Soure and Carregado, which should be completed by 2030, should reduce travel time to one hour and 19 minutes.

The third phase, between Carregado and Lisbon, “will be built later” and will allow the entire connection to reach the final duration of one hour and 15 minutes.

Source: Correio da Manhã by

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