17 June 2010

A Linha do Tua - Submersão Iminente de um Património a Defender




O Plano Nacional de Barragens deu origem a vários movimentos de protesto, quer na sociedade civil, quer nos partidos da oposição. A barragem de Foz Tua, concessionada à EDP, vai ser construída a 1,1 quilómetros da foz do rio Tua e vai ter como consequência mais visível a submersão da centenária Linha Ferroviária do Tua, que actualmente liga as estações do Tua e Mirandela. A construção da Linha Ferroviária do Tua foi iniciada a 16 de Outubro de 1884 [ver aqui a História da Linha do Tua].

Trás-os Montes está a ficar desertificado, a população envelhecida, as maternidades e as escolas são fechadas; os jovens partem para o litoral, para os grandes centros urbanos ou continuam a emigração para a Suíça, França em busca de uma qualidade de vida inverosímil de alcançar. Nas aldeias não se vêem crianças, homens envelhecidos ficam sentados à espera da morte; costumes, memórias e tradições orais vão ser indubitavelmente perdidas para sempre. Encerrar a Linha do Tua, mesmo que parcialmente, é extremamente negativo para o desenvolvimento económico e cultural do nosso país.


View Linha Tua in a larger map

Avaliação de Impacte Ambiental (AIA) do Aproveitamento Hidroeléctrico de Foz Tua 2008 [link externo]

Declaração de Impacte Ambiental - Projecto de Aproveitamento Hidroeléctrico de Foz Tua, a 11 de Maio de 2009, a qual foi favorável condicionada à cota NPA 170 [PDF]

Trailer do documentário de Jorge Pelicano «Pare, Escute e Olhe», melhor Documentário Português DocLisboa 2009 e Grande Prémio Ambiente CineEco 2009





Heloísa Apolónia do Partido Ecologista "Os Verdes" defende a Linha do Tua na AR


Movimento Cívico do Tua

A Linha do Tua (blog)

A Linha é Tua (blog)

Imagens retiradas do grupo no Flickr A Linha é Tua

Assine as petições em defesa do nosso património





English information

Trás-os-Montes (Beyond the mountains), used to be one of the poorest regions of Portugal. Emigration over the past decades has been vast.

But, Trás-os-Montes is blessed with a good number of narrow gauge (100 cm) railways that, very unfortunately, are being closed down bit by bit. One of the most spectactular tracks is the 'Linha do Tua' from Mirandela to Tua at the margins of the River Douro. 54 kilometers railroad along the river (Tua, indeed). A masterpiece of engineering that started in as early as 1884. Inaugurated by king D.Luís I in September 1887. Try to imagine the impact of this new way of transport in a completely isolated area where most of the transport was only possible on foot, horse and donkey. In 1902 works started on a new extension from Mirandela to Bragança and were completed in 1906. This line was closed down in 1992.

The last ten years the Mirandela-Tua line has been operational on and off. While hardly any accidents did happen during the first hundred years of it's existence, the replacement of the rolling stock by lighter weight 'Metro' trains lead to several serious accidents and fatalities. Lack of maintenance became too costly, the line was regularly vandalised (even rails got stolen!) and resulted in less regular service, more delays and less passengers. Nowadays, the 'Metro' is only operational on four kilometers to a northern suburb of Mirandela and 13 to the village of Cachão, south of Mirandela. The Portugal Railways (CP - Caminhos de Ferro de Portugal) has made available a taxi service that runs between Mirandela and Tua along the previous train itinerary: three times daily.

So, apart from our 17 km trips by 'Metro', there is no other option than to travel the line on foot. The first day from Cachão to Brunheda (20 km) and the second from Brunheda to the end of the line, in Tua (21 km). An early start of the day proved to be essential because temperatures rose till 34ºC while a regular jump into the river was hugely helpful.

There is strong campaigning in an attempt to save the line but the plan to build a dam in the Tua is well underway and when completed, will submerse some 25 km of this extraordinary railroad. With a bit of luck some parts can be kept operational but the spectacular valley of the Tua will disappear for ever...

Sign the petition to keep the Linha do Tua alive

Text and some photos by Ernst Schade


5 comments:

  1. Un très bel article. Merci aux contributeurs.

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  2. Hi everyone,
    Check out this interesting story :

    British couple jailed in Spain for murdering baby daughter

    on this link:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/7837727/British-couple-jailed-in-Spain-for-murdering-baby-daughter.html

    Best regards to all,

    David.

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  3. David, that is some story, an accidental fall at 2 months old! Where was the child climbing to! Yet no doubt if they had the connections the McCanns have this would never have come to court. But that is the difference between the McCanns and other people, they can walk on water, after all as Gerry keeps repeating over and over 'there is no evidence that Madeleine came to any harm'. He has got to be kidding of course.

    Right Gerry, then where is your daughter who you say you left fast asleep in her bed, and how come the dogs have alerted to blood and cadaver scent behind the settee in your holiday apartment and the back of your hire car. The McCanns and Clarence really do think people are stupid.

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  4. Uma linha linda que em vez de ser submersa deveria sofrer uma intervencao seria para manter o tracado e torna-la mais segura. Ha nesta linha um patrimonio historico-cultural importante, ja para nao falar na beleza paisagistica que facilmente a coloca no patamar dos patrimonios naturais da Humanidade.
    E e assim que Portugal aposta no turismo, um campo para onde tem de, definitiva e seriamente, virar a economia do pais. Ha mais Portugal, alem do Algarve, so que nao o promovem e as vezes aniquilam-no deixando o pais fora da rota dos turistas mais exigentes e que gostam de conhecer as maravilhas naturais que os paises encerram. Eu ainda acredito que esta submersao nao vai ser verdade.

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  5. a été un article que j'ai aimé. Merci pour le partage....

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