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Stations designed by Siza Vieira for Porto’s metrobus are “masses” made “by Obélix”, criticizes Rui Moreira

The president of the Porto City Council criticized the stations designed by architect Ãlvaro Siza Vieira that are being built for the metrobus in Marechal Gomes da Costa, arguing that they appear “to have been made by Obélix”.

“There are things that I really don’t like. If you ask me if I understand whether on Avenida da Boavista or on Marechal Gomes da Costa the stations that are being built there, I don’t like it. Yeah. In my opinion, I don’t understand why they are done like this”, said the mayor, Rui Moreira, during the Porto Municipal Assembly, which took place on Monday night.

Rui Moreira, who intervened after the elected socialist Rui Lage criticized the priority given to the automobile on Avenida da Boavista, argued that the metrobus stations should resemble the new bus stops that were built in the city.

“I look at those boulders, the ones that bother me the most even have an author’s signature, which are in Marechal Gomes da Costa, which, in my opinion, should be back to back and light things, glazed and not they needed to be things that seem to have been done by Obélix”, he stated, comparing the situation to the national football team.

“It’s the issue of sacred cows”, he said.

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Despite the criticism, the independent mayor welcomed some of the options carried out in the metrobus project, such as the width of the sidewalks and, consequently, the removal of surface parking, the placement of trees on the sidewalks and the removal of the Monument to the Businessman to create “a forest with trees” there.

Rui Moreira also considered the project to maintain the cycle path between the intersection of Marechal Gomes da Costa and Castelo do Queijo as “good news”.

“Avenida da Boavista does not have the same gauge. At the bottom we will be able to maintain the cycle path, even reducing the lanes”, he stated, lamenting the fact that Avenida da Boavista “does not have enough space for everything”.

The independent mayor also highlighted that the importance of that artery and its access to the Via de Cintura Interna (VCI), would not allow reducing the carriageway to just one lane.

“We are not at that stage yet. If the metrobus meets traffic expectations, perhaps we can have a metro with greater capacity”, noted Rui Moreira.

The metrobus will connect Casa da Música to Praça do Império (in 12 minutes) and Anémona (in 17) this year.

Work on the first phase began at the end of January 2023, with the Casa da Música, Guerra Junqueiro, Bessa, Pinheiro Manso, Serralves, João de Barros and Império stations scheduled for the first service, and in the section up to Matosinhos, Antunes Guimarães, Garcia de Orta, Nevogilde, Castelo do Queijo and Praça Cidade do Salvador (Anémona) are added.

Initially, the ‘metrobus’ project was only planned up to Praça do Império, but as the value of the award (25 million euros) was below 66 million euros, the Government decided to make an extension of the service to Praça Cidade do Salvador, known as Anémona, in Matosinhos.

The investment initially planned for the ‘metrobus’, of 66 million euros, is fully financed by the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), and the additional 10 million could also be financed by the PRR, by Environmental Fund or the State Budget.

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Francesco Giganti

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