The CP will reset the schedules on the Cascais line on Sunday. From 9 September, the company will again have the same number of connections as before the austerity measures in the summer period, which came into effect on 5 August.
"The CP – Comboios de Portugal reports that the change of the timetable in line with Cascais on September 9 will restore the previous offer, both in terms of travel schedules & # 39; s of trains and in the capacity of compositions and available places" The company said Wednesday in a statement to the press. The new schedules can already be searched through the courier page.
The effects of this replacement will be more tangible from Monday: on rush hour, between Cais do Sodré and Cascais, trains run every 12 minutes instead of every 15 minutes. This situation also affects the route between Cais do Sodré and Oeiras. In total there will be two trains per hour in the period of greater prosperity.
The replacement of timetables on the Cascais line was already announced at the end of July by Pedro Marques, Minister of Planning and Infrastructures.
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The Cascais line currently accounts for 20% of the CP passenger traffic. Only the trains that run more than 50 and 60 years, working with different electric current compared to the other Portuguese lines: 1500 volts in direct current instead of 25,000 volts in alternating current. This means that this line can only work with that type of trains and not with the material used in the other CP services.
By the end of the year, the degree of immobilization is expected to reach 22.58% by the end of the year, according to forecasts from the Adfersit – Portuguese Association for the Development of Integrated Transport Systems.
Except that no new material is planned for the Cascais line. "We have nothing concrete to do [a aquisição de comboios] to the Cascais line. Will be part of the national investment plan [do Governo] until 2030, said CP leader Carlos Gomes Nogueira Tuesday in response to Bruno Dias's request from the PCP in the parliamentary committee for economy, innovation and public works.