Évora, Portugal, 3 June – The Portuguese government Monday in Évora launched the international tender for construction of the first section of high speed railway between Poçeirão and Caia, in the Lisbon-Madrid corridor, covering a total of 167 kilometres.
As well as the high speed component, the tender that was launched included a conventional railway component, stretching over 92 kilometres, between Évora and Caia, which will provide a new rail link to the port of Sines.
Potential candidates will have four months to draw up proposals, and the winner of the tender will be announced within “a year or a year and a half” in order for construction to begin in 2010 and the first journey taken in September 2013.
Two consortiums have already shown interest in the project: One made up of construction companies Mota-Engil, Somague and Teixeira Duarte and another made up of highway manager Brisa, and construction companies Soares da Costa and Bento Pedroso. (macauhub)