"We found this situation unacceptable." The PSD, via deputy Carlos Silva, responded this Friday to the news of the observer that the PS chartered a convoy of CP for him. interest policy and can lead to delays in the regular circulation. The parliamentarian considered this with the help of a play on words the public company offers "a freight" to the socialists, criticizing the priority that the rented locomotive will have on all other services of this Saturday, 25.
The indignation of the Social Democrats is not exhausted in the criticism of the PS. "We know that this type of service has been delivered by CP over time, but we also know that it has been rejected lately," Carlos Silva recalls. The MP thus referred to the fact that there were companies that saw similar requests that were rejected due to "lack of material". It was also what happened with the Benfica convoy, which used this type of rent to bring supporters to Lisbon from all over the country. A practice that CP itself has put an end to.
So the PSD understands, "PS must think about what to do" with regard to this service. On Thursday, the Social Democrats met with trade unions in the sector, particularly complaining about the "lack of maintenance" of rolling stock.
In the Assembly of the Republic Deputy Orange also told reporters that the party "is very concerned about what the government has done with the CP", which also provoked a negative reaction from the Portuguese, who look at each other with "such cases". more distrust "for the rail service.
The PSD was the third party that responded to the news. Yesterday, CDS and PS have already made statements about this. The centrists spoke to the media in the Lost Steps in parliament. "It is normal and natural that those who have special trains do not know whether they have catering or without air conditioning, do not worry about the situation of the Portuguese, ie trains that do not exist, that do not work in conditions", said the deputy Telmo Correia.
This Friday António Costa tried to dispel the controversy. "This is a commercial service that is absolutely normal and affectionate for every type of customer," the Prime Minister told reporters during a visit to the Pasadiços do Paiva.
Already on Thursday, the socialists, contacted by the observer, devalued the practice. "We refer CP to a service provider like all others, we were subject to the existing schedules and prices, "said the national secretary for the PS organization, Luís Patrão, and for PS this is an" absolute standard "initiative that takes place" from 2015 ", which "greener" appears to be than the alternatives on the table and therefore in no way reprehensible.
CP also considered the regular practice:
The company runs special trains for all customers they request, whether it be entities of various types, companies, associations, citizen groups, sports clubs, parties, etc. provided that there are operational conditions to implement them, namely availability of a channel by the infrastructure manager and mutual agreement on agreed commercial terms, "the official source told the observer.
So far, Left Block and PCP have not discussed this issue yet and it is not known whether they plan to officially respond to the news.
The first reactions appeared during the afternoon of Thursday. The CDS spokesman recalled CP delays and train suppression in recent times to attack the PS option. "It is the country and government that we have," wrote João Almeida. This publication was then replicated – or retweetada – by different centrist militants.
The desplications in the country of canceled, delayed and degraded trains. The PS will have a special convoy to bring the militants to their summer party, it is the country and government that we have.
– John Pinho de Almeida (@_jalmeida_) August 23, 2018
In the PSD came one of the first reactions of Carlos Abreu Amorim. On your Facebook page, the MP criticized CP to agree to give up a convoy to the PS. "They collect losses and provide an increasingly mediocre service – are they worried about regaining the confidence of the Portuguese?" He asked.
A critique that resounded the words of the leader of social-democratic youth, who turned to Twitter to attack the socialists. "A train of lack of understanding and lack of shame in the face", surname Margarida Balseiro Lopes.
A train of lack of understanding and lack of shame in the face. With chaos in CP still afford to enjoy the dish. https://t.co/GEMMIx6eM4 via @observadorpt
– Margarida B Lopes (@margaridalopes) August 23, 2018