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More than a hundred companies operating on Via Norte, a road that crosses the municipalities of Porto, Matosinhos and Maia, joined together to appeal for the urgent activation of a regular passenger transport system on Leixões Line. In a letter sent to the Minister of Infrastructure, they call for an integrated, non-polluting and multimodal mobility solution, capable of ensuring improved mobility for the more than 15,000 people operating in the area and, at the same time, promoting the competitiveness of public transport. The movement initiated by Lionesa Group, to which the other companies joined, aims to reinforce the responsiveness of public transport in this geographical area.


“This investment proposal takes into account sustainability concerns, both environmental and economic, as it can be carried out for less than a quarter of the cost of an equivalent metro line. In our opinion, there is an urgent need to adapt existing infrastructures, which will allow starting a line in Campanhã, passing 200 meters from Hospital de São João, running through the entire urban and industrial surroudings of Matosinhos, crossing the axis of Via Norte. This intersection of Via Norte will allow for articulation with lines B and C of Porto Metro, culminating in a central infrastructure for the entire Northwest Peninsula. This route, which covers Leixões Line lane, opens up the possibility, given the geographic proximity, of being able to materialize a connection with the metro line that serves Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport”, one can read in the document sent to the Minister João Galamba.


The letter in question was sent to the Government about two months after the debate on community funds, which took place at Lionesa Business Hub (LBH) and which had the participation of the Secretary of State for Planning, Eduardo Pinheiro, where the CEO of Lionesa Group, Pedro Pinto, highlighted the importance of reactivating the line passing through various mobility, residence and service hubs and with several possible connection points to Porto Metro system. “A key change for attracting talent from generations that value modern, efficient and sustainable public transport so much,” he says.


In addition to Lionesa Bussiness Hub, representing more than 120 companies, 12 companies operating on Via Norte are subscribers to the proposal, including Sonae, Super Bock Group, Efacec, CIN, Schmitt-Elevadores, Makro, Grupo AJPinto, Pemel, Famotor and Petibol.


The goal is that the regular passenger transport system on Leixões Line, in addition to improving the mobility of the more than fifteen thousand workers served by Via Norte, also helps to reduce CO2 emissions, caused by the high circulation of motor vehicles used on daily journeys and contribute to better mobility throughout the territory of Porto. It is an “investment in the territory”, which, according to the companies, will greatly benefit the population and economic agents.