For the mayor of Guimarães, Domingos Bragança, the ideal location for the future high-speed train station would be the Braga parish of Escudeiros, neighboring the Guimarães parish of Leitões. “It would bring equidistance between Braga, Guimarães and Famalicão”.
The mayor from Guimarães guarantees that he is working with the Government “the section for the rail connection of the county to the new station of the high-speed network”. The president added that he is in contact with the Minister of Infrastructure, who, recently, was in Guimarães the vice president of Infraestruturas de Portugal to work on the “possibility” of building this rail link to the so-called TGV station.
The topic was raised at the last executive meeting by the PSD council, which accuses the city government of “resignation” to the coastal channel solution, which would place the station west of Braga, therefore, far from Guimarães.
“It is not enough to want, it is necessary to justify technically, because the Porto-Vigo channel has been working for more than 30 years in terms of route”, says Domingos Bragança. The mayor recalls that the line was built in such a way as to be aligned with Francisco Sá Carneiro airport and, therefore, “the detour to Guimarães is unlikely”. It is for this reason that the mayor says that the important thing is to focus on “building a stretch from Guimarães to the future high-speed station”. Regarding the station, even so, he says “that the closer you get to Guimarães, the better”.
Guimarães has already lost the alpha
The mayor of Guimarães urges other political, economic and social forces to align themselves with this objective, because “there is a long way to go and obstacles to overcome”. Domingos Bragança believes that Guimarães has the conditions to become the gateway to the high-speed axis for the entire Ave Intermunicipal Community and the municipalities in the interior.
Since March 2019, Guimarães is no longer served by the alpha pendular service. The only composition of this type that arrived at Cidade Berço was suspended six days after Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa first decreed the State of Emergency, on March 18, 2020, and has never been restored.
Guimarães currently has only one direct connection each way with Lisbon, on the Intercidades train (going at 4.41 pm and arriving at 11.30 am), with a journey time of four hours and 19 minutes. It takes about 20 minutes longer than the same type of train on the Braga line. However, on the Braga line, there are currently six direct connections to the capital in each direction: four by Alfa Pendular (going at 05.45, 12.54, 17.54 and 19.54 and arriving at 7, 14, 16 and 18) and two by Intercidades ( departure at 9.30 and arrival at 19.30).