Metro de Madrid opens this month 11 new elevators in four stations of the network
Today the Governing Council received a report on the development of the 2016-2020 Metro Accessibility and Inclusion Plan promoted by the Community of Madrid. In the coming weeks, this project is going to add 11 new elevators in four stations of the network to continue advancing in the accessibility of the means of public transport most used by the people of Madrid. The Metro network will then have a total of 529 elevators in facilities that are used by 2,3 million people every day.
Thus, in recent days, the three lifts in Barrio de la Concepción (line 7) have been put into operation on May 17; and another two in Portazgo (line 1), yesterday, May 20. It is expected that in the coming days of this month the installation works of another three in Pavones (line 9) will be completed; and three more in Seville (line 2). The works in the first three stations have been possible thanks to a joint investment of 10 million euros, while the accessibility actions in Seville are included in the Metro agreement with the Madrid Canalejas Center.
These elevators are thus added in May to the 518 that currently provide service in the network, a figure that exceeds the set of elevators installed in the underground of cities as important as London, Paris and New York.
In addition to these 11 new lifts, work is already underway to put another 22 lifts into service for users: seven at Bilbao station (lines 1 and 4); four at Gran Vía station (lines 1 and 5); five in Plaza Elíptica (line 6); and six in Príncipe de Vergara (lines 2 and 9).
The Community of Madrid's commitment to accessibility in the Metro also involves the renovation of the lifts that have been in service for years. Thus, the Governing Council has also learned of the proposal to award the works to replace 13 lifts that have been in operation for years at seven stations in the network: three in Parque de Santa María, two in Alto del Arenal, two in Gregorio Marañón, two in Moncloa, one in Argüelles, one in Canillas, one in San Cipriano and one in Vicálvaro.
The objective of this contract, which has an amount of 2.556.500 euros and an execution period of 12 months, is to change the current hydraulic lifts for new ones with a more efficient electric traction system, which improves the reliability of some machines subjected to to intense activity every day.
Greater accessibility and mobility
These actions are part of the Madrid Metro Accessibility and Inclusion Plan, endowed with a total investment of 145,7 million euros and which was agreed upon with the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI). The main objective of this Plan is to open 89 lifts in 33 stations on the network, as well as different complementary measures (tactile-visual flooring, double handrails, Braille signage...) that guarantee greater accessibility to all the underground facilities.
This project is co-financed by the Community of Madrid and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund 2014-20. The actions carried out will make it possible to improve the mobility of the 322.000 Madrid residents with disabilities, since when the works are finished Metro will go from 63% of accessible stations to 73%.
The new elevators that are being placed in the different stations correspond to at least two Metro lines or have been requested by associations or entities that serve people with disabilities.
Not only the lifts contribute to increasing general accessibility in the 302 stations that make up the underground network. To date, Metro de Madrid has installed a total of 1.705 escalators, which places it as the second underground in the world with the largest number of these devices, only behind the Shanghai Metro.
Prosperity and station modernization plan
The Regional Government Council has also known today the proposal for the award of the modernization works of the Prosperidad station, located on line 4 of the underground, which will have a budget of 3.289.937 euros and an execution period of 12 months.
This project, which is added to the recent award of the modernization works of another of the stations on line 4, Esperanza, in which 2.442.441 euros will be invested, is part of the Modernization Plan promoted by Metro de Madrid, which It will run until 2021 and will allow the renovation of 33 of the oldest stations in the network thanks to an investment of 89 million euros.
The actions included in this Plan are intended to replace the obsolete coverings, installations and technology located on the platforms and their accesses with other materials and equipment that are more up-to-date and adapted to regulations, which facilitates maintenance work and improves the functionality of the platforms. installations. Also, depending on the characteristics of the spaces to be renovated, actions to expand and improve the drainage and sanitation network, new waterproofing systems and electrical pipes and installation of new furniture are included.
In addition to the works that will begin shortly at these two stations on line 4, Modernization Plan work is currently being carried out at other facilities that are also included in the Accessibility Plan (such as Seville, Pavones, Bilbao or Príncipe de Vergara ).
A centenary with more drivers and new trains
All these plans for the renovation and improvement of facilities coincide with the centenary of the entry into operation of Metro de Madrid (1919-2019). An event that the Community of Madrid has been celebrating since last October with different activities such as classic train exhibitions, popular races, drawing contests and other initiatives that will continue until next October.
The 17th of that month will be the 100th anniversary of the day in which the people of Madrid were able to use the first underground line that came into operation. A route that covered the four kilometers that separate the stations from Sol to Cuatro Caminos.
But Metro not only looks proudly at its past, but also works to continue offering the best service to its users. And it does so by increasing its material and human resources, with the hiring of 100 new drivers – who will start working throughout this summer – and with the acquisition of 60 new trains. A purchase for which the administrative processes have already begun and that will allow meeting the new demand needs of public transport that in 2018 was used by more than 657 million passengers. Throughout this year, Metro de Madrid is registering an increase in users, with a rise of almost 9% in March compared to the same month in 2018.
Metro de Madrid began its history on October 17, 1919 with eight stations and a route of just four kilometers. Almost 100 years later, the underground covers a total of 12 municipalities and has become the fifth network in the world by number of stations (302) and the eighth by extension.
It has an annual budget of 1.000 million euros, has nearly 7.000 employees, more than a thousand vending machines and 8.563 surveillance cameras distributed in trains, stations and depots.
Its command post is an international benchmark for the railway sector and receives on average a weekly visit from different administrations, universities and companies from numerous countries related to the sector to learn about its operation.