Metro will make Barrio de la Concepción Station accessible for people with reduced mobility
Barrio de la Concepción Station, on Line 7, will become accessible for people with reduced mobility. By way of Metro, the Community of Madrid will install three lifts in the station, which will connect the platforms with the forecourt and with the street. This operation will enable people with reduced mobility to have access to the station without any impediment. The investment amounts to 4,962,250 euro.
This was announced by the Secretary of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure of the Community of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, during his visit to ILUNION, a company linked to the Spanish National Organization for the Blind (ONCE), where he visited the Special Employment Centre, specialized in technology and accessibility. Precisely ILUNION, which amongst its staff has a high number of employees with different capacities, will be one of the direct beneficiaries of the implementation of the Accessibility Plan at Barrio de la Concepción.
It is the case of the second station at which Metro Madrid acts for the installation of lifts as part of Accessibility Plan 2016-2020 that the Company has set into operation. The first action was the Line 1 lift at Sol Station, which made it fully accessible for people with reduced mobility. Once the works are completed at Barrio de la Concepción Station, Metro will have 515 lifts in the whole network.
The metro station at Barrio de la Concepción was built in the seventies. It currently has two entrances, at Plaza Virgen del Romero and Calle Martínez Villergas. With the forthcoming action, one of the lifts will link the street level with an intermediate level, where a small forecourt will be built in which the turnstiles for access to the station will be installed.
Alongside the civil engineering for the installation of this first lift, the building of a stairway that will perform the function of an emergency exit is planned. A second lift will connect this intermediate level where the new forecourt will be located with platform 1 of the station. The third lift will communicate this forecourt with platform 2.
The Metro Madrid Accessibility and Inclusion Plan, endowed with a budget of 141.1 million euro, was agreed upon with the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Disabled Persons (CERMI).
The lifts will be installed both at those stations offering transfer to at least two metro lines and at other stations requested by associations or bodies that care for disabled people. This plan, which will be carried out until 2020, will mean that 73% of the Metro network stations will become accessible and it presents the installation of approximately 80 lifts and the improvement of 29 stations. In this way, the number of fully accessible stations will rise from 189 to 218, out of a total of 301 making up the Metro network.
Another kind of improvement that is going to be carried out in the whole network is the renovation and increase in visual tactile paving flags at the platform edge and at escalator and lift boarding and disembarking areas; the installation of Braille and tactile level signage panels in lifts, or extension and improvement of the easy-opening system at gates and screens. Ischial supports and both non-slip strips and Braille handrail labels will be installed on fixed stairs, whilst interphones will also be appropriately adapted.
These actions included in the Plan will help to improve the mobility of the 322,000 people living in Madrid with some kind of disability.
The ONCE has recently recognized with one of its Solidarity Awards the great effort made by the Regional Government to make the facilities of the metro network accessible for people who have some kind of disability or reduced mobility.
The Metro Madrid Accessibility and Inclusion Plan includes programmes for the training of line staff in assisting people who are mentally handicapped or have difficulties in understanding or orientation, while the accompaniment programme that Metro already has in operation will be reinforced, along with another series of projects aimed at improving information on accessibility in the metro network by way of the corporate website and mobile device applications.
Metro Madrid is the second-ranked metro network in the world in the number of escalators, with a total of 1,698, and lifts, with 512, only surpassed by the Shanghai Underground, and with fewer architectural barriers than those of London, Paris or New York.