Lines B (Maia part) & E of the Metro do Porto

Custóias with a pair of Eurotrams on line E to Aeroporto, 10 August 2012.

The lines B and E of the Metro do Porto share their route not only on the joint route, but also beyond Senhora da Hora until Verdes. On this section are from Senhora da Hora 5 stops until Verdes: Fonte do Cuco (also shared with line C) – Custóias – Esposade – Crestins – Verdes.

Line B continues from Verdes to Póvoa de Varzim. Within the municipality of Maia line B has two more stops: Pedras Rubras and Lidador. Beyond Lidador line B is within the municipalities of Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim. From Verdes line E follows a 1.5 km long branch to the airport (Aeroporto) with only one intermediate stop: Bótica.

Opening dates:
12 March 2005 Line B Estádio do Dragão – Trindade – Senhora da Hora – Fonte do Cuco – Pedras Rubras (6.7 km from Senhora da Hora to Pedras Rubras)
27 May 2006 Line E Trindade – Senhora da Hora – Fonte do Cuco – Verdes – Aeroporto (1.5 km from Verdes to Aeroporto) with opening of the station Verdes on line B (Red) between Crestins and Pedras Rubras. Later line E was extended via the joint route to Estádio do Dragão, but in 2020 again cut back to Trindade.
Travel time to Aeroporto from Senhora da Hora is 14′, from Trindade 27′.
Time-table (winter 2021/2022): every 30′

Photo gallery

In Fonte do Cuco line C diverts from the lines B and E. At the left a Flexity Swift of line B to Póvoa de Varzim. The tracks at the right are of line C. 2 March 2011.
An inbound pair of Eurotrams of line E calls at Esposade, 10 August 2012.
An Eurotram of line E to Aeroporto leaves Crestins.8 June 2012.
Verdes has separate tracks and platforms fro the lines B and E. An Eurotram of line E is on the track in the direction of Aeroporto, 8 June 2012.
A Flexity Swift on the track of line B to Póvoa de Varzim. At the left are the tracks of line E for Aeroporto. These will enter a short tunnel with a sharp curve to the left and pass under the track of line B in the opposite direction. At the far left is the stop of line B in the direction of Estádio do Dragão. 8 June 2012.
Pedras Rubras was one of the most important intermediate stations of the narrow gauge railway. The old goods shed and station building still exist. The actual stop of line B is beyond the station building in the background and also one of the stops where also the express services call. 8 June 2012.
A Flexity Swift of the express service of line B just passed the Lidador stop, 8 June 2012.
An Eurotram of line E to Aeroporto between Verdes and Bótica, 13 September 2009.
A pair of Eurotrams in Aeroporto heading for the stub track where they will reverse direction, 1 June 2015.

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