The project relating to the Electrification of the Douro Line between Marco de Canaveses and Régua was recently under analysis at a working meeting held in the Baião City Council, between the President, Paulo Pereira, councillors, Municipality technicians and those responsible for Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP). The document, which has already been completed, points to the possibility of launching the project at the beginning of next year.
This is an investment considered to be structural for people’s mobility and for tourism in the region, which will have positive, direct impacts on train users, allowing for a reduction in the connection time between Porto and Régua, and greater convenience for users with more modern equipment. The works to be carried out will pay special attention to the tourist and environmental component, with the introduction of solutions that will mitigate the visual impacts, substantially enhancing the component of the Douro River, an important asset in the economic development of the region.
There are also plans to completely renovate the track, including the platforms, to incorporate support structures for signaling and telecommunications, to lower the railway track or to replace four overpasses, as well as interventions in stations and halts and the creation of parking spaces.
Baião will benefit from the investment, considered by the Mayor, Paulo Pereira, “structural and fundamental for improving mobility, comfort, safety and quality of life for our populations, as well as for the attractiveness and economic development of Baião”
The mayor also highlighted “the importance of the work for the region’s tourism sustainability, given that studies commissioned by Infraestruturas de Portugal point to a 104% growth in the number of passengers/users of the Douro line by 2051”. “In view of these numbers, great challenges are ahead that will be decisive for Baião and for the region”, concluded Paulo Pereira.