TEN YEARS after it was first opened, the Vasco da Gama bridge has been hailed as the main reason for the economic development and growth in population of the south of the River Tejo.

The bridge created greater access to previously hard to reach towns like Alcochete, Almada and Seixal. This encouraged thousands of people to move to these areas and passenger numbers for trains and buses coming from the south side have doubled. The bridge cost 897.8 million euros to build and spans a total of 17.2km.