Every year, Metro de Madrid prevents above-ground traffic of 79 million vehicles and 14 million motorbikes

Every year, Metro de Madrid prevents above-ground traffic of 79 million vehicles and 14 million motorbikes
The use of the underground reduces the costs arising from traffic accidents by up to 81.9 million euros. The public company of the Community of Madrid is disseminating a campaign on social networks to encourage the use of the Metro. The company is releasing the report on its contribution to sustainable mobility to coincide with European Mobility Week

Every year, Metro de Madrid prevents above-ground traffic of 79 million vehicles and 14 million motorbikes, according to the 2019 corporate report of the public company of the Community of Madrid. Coinciding with European Mobility Week, the underground company has published this study, which sets out Metro's contribution to sustainable mobility.

Entitled “Metro de Madrid, the sustainable movement”, the document confirms that the underground is the driving force behind sustainable and inclusive mobility in the Madrid region. It is also the mode chosen by 39% of public transport users, who value the provision of this service at 7.67.

The report shows how, throughout 2019, Metro continued working to minimise its environmental impact. The results include a 0.21% improvement in traction energy efficiency, a 14% reduction in water consumption and an increase in the use of recycled water to 59.5%, which represents 24% of the total water used to clean trains.

The company has also reduced waste by 28% compared to 2018. Of these, more than 95% are processed for reuse and the treatment is carried out within the region to prevent further emissions from their transport.

Together with the publication of this report, Metro has launched a campaign on social networks with messages aimed at promoting the use of this means of transport. This campaign highlights sustainable milestones for the underground, such as the fact that it represents a cost saving for society of up to 81.9 million euros, which are the expenses derived from the traffic accidents it prevents, and up to 46 million euros in the case of expenses derived from climate change.

The campaign also includes messages about the advantages of using the Metro compared to the car. For example, a car emits 4.9 times more emissions than the underground, according to data from the company's 2019 carbon footprint calculation. A footprint that was already 26% less than the previous year.

THE REPORT OF THE CENTENARY YEAR

Last year, when Metro celebrated its centenary, it was the third largest in its history: more than 677 million passengers, 3.08% more than in 2018. The company closed the year with a positive result for the third consecutive year, with a profit of 62.19 million euros. It also reduced its debt and improved its credit rating.

In 2019, Metro opened station number 302 (Arroyofresno, on line 7) and reopened the Sevilla station after a thorough remodelling that provided full accessibility to this central station and allowed the creation of new spaces and the recovery of an old ceramic advertising mural from the 20th century.

Furthermore, Metro de Madrid reached 61% completion of its 2016-2020 Accessibility and Inclusion Plan, with the installation of 14 new lifts throughout the network and the publication of the first Metro de Madrid user guide in easy reading format. A document to facilitate the independent use of the Metro network by people with intellectual disabilities or cognitive difficulties.

Last year, digitalisation arrived at all stations. All business supervisors now have tablets to support them in improving the help they provide to users by enabling a faster and more dynamic response. In addition, 100 new drivers joined the staff.

Metro's central workshops were recognised by the State Railway Safety Agency as a maintenance centre for railway rolling stock, revalidating their title as a benchmark in maintenance, as they became one of the only three entities with the capacity to carry out maintenance on all types of railway vehicles.

The report can now be downloaded from the website www.metromadrid.es in PDF format, which is navigable and accessible for people with disabilities. It also has audiovisual infographics and content that summarize the results of the past year.