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Metro continues the removal of asbestos from the network’s trains without affecting the levels of service

The Community of Madrid has allocated 140 million euro for the removal of this material from all of the facilities in the network. Despite the fact that cars with parts affected by asbestos have been suspended from operation until the material is removed, service compliance is in excess of 98%. The number of travellers using the underground has been growing at the rate of 7% this year

Metro de Madrid is maintaining the levels of service provided to its users despite the withdrawal of a number of trains in which parts containing asbestos have been detected –located in all cases in places not accessible to workers or users– in the process of completing the tasks for the elimination of asbestos prior to returning the cars to normal operation. These assurances were given today by Pedro Rollán, Deputy President, Head of the Department Assisting the President and Spokesperson for the Regional Government, during the Plenary Session of the Assembly of Madrid.

In reply to a parliamentary question, Rollán explained that recent data confirm that “the asbestos-removal tasks are not directly affecting the delivery of the service”. That is, while the offer of underground service at rush hours on a working day normally consists of 311 trains, during the month of May and due to this work, 305 trains were operating, that is, 98.07%.

“We are meeting our commitments to citizens in taking urgent action for completing this work while maintaining, at the same time, a level of output which in no way is affecting the perception of the service by our users”, Rollán pointed out. In this regard, he noted that, despite this work and the recent strikes called by two trade unions, the number of Metro users is growing at a pace of more than 7% since the start of 2018.

The Community of Madrid is going to invest 140 million euro up to 2025 for eliminating all traces of asbestos in all of the facilities in the network. This plan has begun by replacing any parts with this component detected in the rolling stock –a process with a budget of 5 million euro scheduled for completion in 2019– and which this summer will enable the removal of the asbestos located in stations such as Gran Vía, Sevilla, Príncipe de Vergara or Pavones.
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