Railway renovations continue

Works to update the railway line that runs across the Algarve should be completed by April 2011 according to the national railway network, REFER.

Renovation work to the line began in 2008 and represented an investment of around 25 million Euros divided into three phases.

Two of the three phases have already been completed and now works on the third phase have begun focusing on the sections between Tunes and Lagos and the connection between Faro and Vila Real de Santo António.

Timber sleepers along the route are to be replaced with concrete ones while joints along the line are to be eliminated through welding to create a “more comfortable facility” for passengers at a cost of 7.9 million Euros.

In a statement, REFER said that the investment aims to improve the “reliability and operation of the line” after a survey of the entire national rail network by the company revealed that these sections were “approaching the end of their functionality”.