Deputy André Silva, leader of People-Animals-Nature (PAN), delivered yesterday in the Assembly of the Republic a draft resolution that recommends to the Government that "for the purpose of expansion of the Metropolitan Lisbon Network, consider the expansion of the Metropolitan Lisbon Network as a priority. county of Loures and Sintra, as well as to the western part of the city of Lisbon. "
"The Metropolitano de Lisboa has a huge strategic relevance for mobility in the city, contributing to the construction of a more sustainable city with a better quality of life. Despite its importance, we have witnessed a high level of disinvestment in the network, due to the lack of maintenance of trains and stations and the reduction of the number of workers, which justifies that the quality and regularity of the would be desirable, "André Silva, in the explanatory memorandum to the draft resolution, begins by regretting.
"We believe it is a priority to expand the Metropolitan network to other municipalities and areas of the city, such as Loures, Sintra and the western part of the city of Lisbon, namely Alcântara, Ajuda and Belém. reduce the high number of vehicles that enter Lisbon daily, coming from, inter alia, the above mentioned municipalities, thus reducing the high traffic that exists in the city, "he argues.
"In Lisbon, statistics indicate that about 370,000 vehicles a day enter the city, which earned it the title of the most congested city in the Iberian Peninsula," said the PAN leader. "Data collected by Lisbon City Council reveal that a large part of the vehicles that enter every day in the capital comes from the south bank of the Tagus: 104 thousand vehicles, about three-quarters of them by the 25 de Abril Bridge. Already from the North highway (A1) enter 101 thousand, which adds another 67 thousand that enter by the north through the A8. From the line of Cascais enter 80 thousand (A5) and the line of Sintra plus 67 thousand (IC19) ".
He concludes by reiterating the purpose of the proposal: "We consider as a priority the expansion of the Metropolitan Lisbon network to the municipalities of Loures and Sintra, as well as to the western part of the city of Lisbon, a solution that will contribute to an effective reduction in the number of cars who enters every day in the city from those regions. Because we defend a new model of urban mobility, more based on public transport, which allows decarbonized cities with better quality of life, more attractive and competitive, we present the present initiative believing that it will contribute to that end.