El Casar metro station already has a new pedestrian entrance
It provides service for over 3500 residents living in the Los Molinos-Buenavista district of Getafe. A lift and an escalator facilitate the transit of disabled people. The entrance saves crossing the obstacle represented by the Cercanías Line C3 surface tracks. El Casar Station recorded 2.3 million users in 2016
As from this week El Casar metro station (Line 12, Metrosur), located in the municipality of
Getafe, has a new access, built thanks to an agreement made between Metro Madrid and Getafe Town
Council. This entrance meets a demand by residents in the Los Molinos-Buenavista district, who
asked for it so as to be able to have access by way of an underpass from this residential area to
the actual metro network.
By means of this underpass, the new access links up two transit areas, overcoming the
obstacle represented by surface tracks, in this case those of Cercanías Line C3. The measure has
brought a substantial improvement to the mobility of the around 3500 residents living in the Getafe
district of Los Molinos-Buenavista.
The Secretary of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure of the Community of Madrid, Pedro
Rollán, visited the borough of Getafe so as to check out the new metro station entrance.
Rollán pointed out that “from the Regional Government we have facilitated the building of
this new entrance, in which Metro has invested almost 188,000 euro, thereby providing a swift
response for the nearly 2.3 million users who passed through El Casar Station in the course of
El Casar Station has a 750 sqm forecourt. It is equipped with a lift and an escalator, besides such
other universal accessibility measures as dispensing machines with voice browsing and other items
that facilitate the access of handicapped people from the street to the platform.
The station also has platform differential paving and graphic signage, besides Braille method
information marked on the escalator handrail and the rest of station equipment. In this respect,
special mention should be made of the fact that Metro Madrid is one of the most accessible in the
world, with 1,699 escalators and 513 lifts in its facilities.
At present, 63% of Metro Madrid stations are fully accessible for handicapped people. In
addition, an Accessibility Plan has been set into operation that foresees the installation by 2020
of over 80 new lifts in the network, which will make 73% of the network fully accessible in four
IMPROVEMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS
The opening of the new El Casar entrance joins another series of actions that the Regional
Government is carrying out in the field of public transport in Getafe. Amongst these, as of 27
March next, the Regional Transport Consortium will make Urban Line 3 into a circular service. This
line previously covered the route between El Bercial and Los Espartales. Now, as a result of these
changes, it will extend its route along Calles María Zambrano, Rosa Montero, Santo Domingo de la
Calzada and Federica Montseny, besides connecting up with Las Margaritas-Universidad suburban rail
station. The service will be operated by four buses.
Furthermore, in the environmental sphere the bus fleet is being renewed with one that is less
polluting and more environment-friendly through the incorporation of 11 hybrid buses to serve the
Getafe urban and interurban lines. In addition, in April 2016 Getafe brought in the system of
bicycle rental by means of use of the Regional Transport Consortium public transport card (TTP).
These improvements are joined by the principal measure implemented by the Community of Madrid
in the transport area this legislature and from which some 19,000 Getafe young people benefit,
namely extension of the Young Persons Season Ticket up to the age of 26 years, with a flat rate of