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Campanhã Intermodal Terminal is inaugurated and the city gains another green lung

Campanhã Intermodal Terminal is inaugurated and the city gains another green lung
Porto. · 21 Jul 2022
"It is a milestone for the reorganization of the entire public transport system of Porto and a crucial step towards the decarbonization of the city". This is how the Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, defined the importance that the inauguration of the Campanhã Intermodal Terminal (TIC) represents for the city and the region.

With the entry into operation of TIC - a project budgeted at over 13 million euros and with a green area of over 4.6 hectares - "a priority assumed by the Municipality of Porto to promote multimodal citizens" and the focus on efficient and sustainable public transport is fulfilled, stressed the mayor, who also alluded to the contribution that the equipment will make to the objective of the Porto Climate Pact, to achieve carbon neutrality in the city of Porto by 2030.

Rui Moreira left a guarantee: "Those who think that the circulation of heavy passenger vehicles in Porto will remain the same should not be deceived. This is a terminal open to all operators and all types of road passenger transport services.

"We will be firm in optimising this resource, we will be relentless in definitively regulating regional and international intercity transport in the city," he added.

The inauguration of TIC, the requalification of STCP's Boavista Intermodal Pole (in Bom Sucesso), Metro do Porto's investment in the Asprela Intermodal Pole and the requalification of Camellias Park allows, according to the mayor, "to free the city's public space for urban enjoyment and service".

"Here [in the TIC], where the lines meet, we can ensure that we have taken another step towards making our city more comfortable and more interesting," stressed Rui Moreira, who was accompanied by the President of the Municipal Assembly, Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo, councillors from the Executive, some mayors of the Metropolitan Area of Porto, representatives of the boards of municipal companies and participated companies and other guests.

We have fulfilled one of our greatest goals: to rehabilitate the forgotten "eastern area" and "Campanhã parish"".

After the inaugural visit to the space, led by the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of STCP, Cristina Pimentel, the Mayor of Porto also highlighted the choice of the eastern area of the city for the implementation of the work, noting its privileged location in relation to the main road axes and other means of transport. "Campanhã couldn't just be a large railway station with connections to the Metro and the urban bus network. Campanhã was the ideal location for a major, first level interface, not only for the city, but for the entire northern region", he stressed.

Recalling the history of the process, which dates back to 2003, when the equipment was promised by the Portuguese State, Rui Moreira pointed out the importance of the Porto Agreement, signed in 2015, as a starting point to unblock the process after 12 years of deadlock. In this agreement, the Porto Municipality committed to building the equipment and, in return, the Portuguese State agreed to cede the land.

In the chronology of events, the launch of the tender took place in June 2016, the presentation of the winning project, by architect Nuno Brandão Costa, was known in February 2017, and the tender for the construction work took place in September 2018.

A year later, in September 2019, the construction contract for the Campanhã Intermodal Terminal will begin, in a municipal investment of more than 13.2 million euros.

"The construction work on the TIC was marked by some setbacks, as is usual for a project of this magnitude, but above all it was hit by one of the worst health crises in living memory. Had it not been for the pandemic, the Campanhã Intermodal Terminal would have been part of the city's heritage long ago, along with other equipment and infrastructures that are currently under construction", said Rui Moreira, in his speech.

With the completion of the Campanhã Intermodal Terminal, the Mayor of Porto concluded: "We have achieved one of our greatest goals: to rehabilitate the politically forgotten 'eastern zone' and the 'parish of Campanhã', which for us have always been a priority in terms of strategy and investment".

TIC facts and figures

50 thousand square metres of total implantation area;
24 thousand square metres of total gross construction area;
A garden area of 4.6 hectares, representing the largest green cover (1,600 trees) ever implemented in a public building in the city;
230 car parking spaces;
100 parking spaces for bicycles;
30 parking spaces for support time;
8 boarding and alighting bays, on a rotating basis;
Up to one thousand services per day;
Up to 120 thousand passengers per day;
43 million people per year;
Creation of 55 jobs immediately;
Reduction of 1776 tep (tonnes of oil equivalent) in downtown Porto.

The management of the construction work was the responsibility of the municipal company GO Porto. The operational management of the terminal, which starts today, will be the responsibility of STCP Serviços.