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05-10-2017

The Community has already begun to install 63% of the new Metro lifts

The total investment of the Regional Government Accessibility Plan stands at 145 million euro. Portazgo, Príncipe Pío, Príncipe de Vergara, Plaza Elíptica, Pavones, Bilbao and Tribunal will be the next stations to undertake the improvements. The Plan is designed in accordance with the Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities (CERMI) recommendations

The Community of Madrid has already started to install 63% of the new Metro lifts scheduled in the latest Metro Madrid Accessibility Plan, which, with an investment of 145 million euro, will allow the number of accessible stations to be increased from the present 63% to 73%, as announced today by the Regional Secretary of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure, Rosalía Gonzalo.

Furthermore, the Regional Secretary stated that the works for installing a total of 30 lifts are already about to start at Portazgo, Príncipe Pío, Príncipe de Vergara, Plaza Elíptica, Bilbao, Pavones and Tribunal Stations. These works, which will last for between 7 - 30 months, are going to involve an investment of 94.5 million euro, 63% of the total budget of the Plan.

Gonzalo underlined the determined commitment of the Community of Madrid to facilitating access to the Metro for persons with some physical disability or visual limitation and its support for the total social inclusion of these groups. In fact, the 2016-2022 action plan has been designed taking into account CERMI (Spanish Committee of Representatives of People with Disabilities).

For the installation of the new lifts, preference has been given to stations where two or more Metro lines converge, while requests made by associations or bodies caring for people with disabilities have also been taken into consideration. This is the case of Portazgo Station, where the Fundación del Lesionado Medular (Spinal Cord Injury Foundation), which is equipped with a rehabilitation, day-care and residential centre, is located in the close vicinity.

The Accessibility and Inclusion Plan also includes other courses of action, such as the installation of new adapted sign graphics, tactovisual platform-edge paving, Braille and high-relief information in lifts, or ischiatic supports.

These works will improve accessibility to Metro Madrid, which is currently one of the most accessible systems in the world, with 513 lifts and 1698 escalators in the whole network. As regards the number of lifts, Metro Madrid is only surpassed by the Shanghai Underground, which has 555.

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