Siemens to supply light rail links

Siemens Transportation Systems has won a 136 million Euro contract to set up a new light rail transit system in Portugal.

Siemens Transportation Systems (TS) has won a 136 million Euro contract to set up a new light rail transit system in Portugal.

According to Siemens, the contract calls for the supply of 24 Combino type five-section low-floor Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs) as well as signalling and operations control equipment.

The contract also requires Siemens to supply the communications system, the traction power supply, overhead contact lines, the equipment for the LRV maintenance and repair facility, as well as building technologies.

This new LRT system will link the cities of Almada and Seixal south of Lisbon and offer a number of connections to the main railway line and ferries serving Lisbon.

The customer is the newly established company Metro Transportes do Sul (MTS), which has received the concession from the Portuguese government to build and operate the light rail system for 27 years.