Better port linkages to boost regional competitiveness

A major investment scheme in central Portugal aims to expand the rail links to the Port of Aveiro in order to improve freight transport connections and enhance the port’s impact on the regional economy.

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This investment involves the construction of a new railway line from the Multimodal Logistic Terminal Cacia to the North Terminal of the Port of Aveiro. Overall, 15 km of electrified rail will be constructed, with 8.96 km forming part of the trans-European transport network (the so called TEN-T Programme). The remaining 6 km are parallel lines built in order to enhance the reception and dispatch of goods, as well as to provide better connection to the port.

Phased approach

The extension will unfold in five different phases: first, the railway line to the bridge of Gafanha, which includes the East Viaduct Bridge and three other bridges. The second phase addresses the line between the bridge of Gafanha (excluded) and the Port of Aveiro, which includes road and street signalling and lighting as well as level crossings in the access to the port. Phase three consist of overall works on the whole line, including a rail connection platform inside the harbour; the fourth concerns the installation of signalling and telecommunications systems; and the fifth, the electrification of the system.

A significant boon to the region

Once completed, the scheme should contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of local economic agents linked to the port, and significantly increase freight transport from and to the Port of Aveiro, from 666 000 tonnes in 2015 to a projected 975 091 in 2019 onwards. Furthermore, 390 jobs are expected to be created during the implementation of the project.


Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for the project “Extension of rail link to the Port of Aveiro” is EUR 77 389 875, of which the EU’s Cohesion Fund is contributing EUR 40 506 019 from the Operational Programme “Territorial Enhancement” for the 2007 to 2013 programming period. Work falls under the priority axis “National Structural Transport Networks and Equipment.”


Draft date

03/06/2015