The railway stations now have new signage and information materials on measures to combat covid-19, including the mandatory use of a mask, announced Infrastructures of Portugal (IP), highlighting the intervention on the Azambuja line.
"In compliance with the guidelines agreed with the government, with the objective of minimizing risks on the Azambuja line, IP is carrying out a reinforcement of the signs at the level of the pavement in the Espadanal", said the company, explaining that the warnings warn users to distribute themselves along the space available on the platform, as well as to use the stairs to ensure physical distance.
The Azambuja railway line, in the district of Lisbon, has raised concerns after the identification of positive cases of covid-19 among workers in companies operating in the municipality, namely 103 infected at Avipronto and 76 positive cases at Sonae.
On May 2, the Mayor of Azambuja, Luís de Sousa, warned of the conditions in which trains operate, the main means of transport used by workers to travel to the industrial park of that municipality, arguing that Comboios de Portugal (CP) should increase the number of carriages, thus preventing passengers from traveling “like canned sardines”.
Days later, on May 11, the Government requested a meeting with the CP to discuss the conditions of transportation of passengers who work in the logistics companies of Azambuja, due to the cases of covid-19.
According to data released by the Ministry of Infrastructure, on May 11, the first train on the Azambuja line that arrived at Espadanal station, which serves the logistics platform, brought 108 people on board, in a railcar that has a capacity for 700 people, ie , registered a capacity, at rush hour, of “15.4%, a value much lower than the 2/3 allowed by law”.
Despite these figures, the Mayor of Azambuja said that the authorities will reinforce vigilance at the exits of trains at the Espadanal station, to avoid crowds of passengers and prevent the contagion of the covid-19.
Today, the company IP reported that, in the area of the platform and on the access stairs of the Espadanal station, several signs were placed indicating the mandatory use of masks inside the stations and when using railway transport and raising awareness of compliance individual hygiene measures.
“A temporary reinforcement of vigilantes at the station was also carried out to promote awareness and compliance with recommendations to users,” said IP, the company responsible for the railway network.
In addition to the intervention on the Azambuja line, IP is reinforcing measures to combat covid-19 at railway stations in Portugal, with the placement of new signs and information materials.
“This reinforcement aims to make users of public rail transport aware of the need to comply with the rules of physical distance, the obligation to use a mask, hand hygiene, the respiratory label, circulation on stairs, recommendation for not using elevators and environmental sustainability ”, said the company.
Complementary to these actions, IP has developed “a high number of cleaning interventions, mainly in the railway stations with greater affluence, as well as the significant increase in the frequency of disinfection activities of the spaces used by users”.
Portugal accounts for 1,289 deaths associated with covid-19 in 30,200 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.