The Regional Government of Madrid guaranteed transport for the Mad Cool festival-goers by keeping Metro Line 8 open 24 hours a day for three days
Over 50,000 people attending the Mad Cool festival at IFEMA and the Iron Maiden concert at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium benefited from the increase in the service of Metro de Madrid Line 8, arranged by the Department of Transport, Housing and Infrastructure of the Regional Government of Madrid.
Opening Metro Line 8 throughout the night on 12, 13 and 14 July efficiently met the mobility needs of Madrilenians and tourists that came to our region in order to go to these heavily attended events.
On account of the Mad Cool festival, Metro set up a special shuttle service for the first time between Nuevos Ministerios and Feria de Madrid Stations, in order to guarantee the mobility of the festival-goers throughout the night. Thanks to this special service, 18,965 passengers used Metro on 12 July, the first day of the Mad Cool festival; 17,921 passengers on 13 July and 15,120 on 14 July. This special measure consisted of trains running every 5 minutes between 01:30 and 06:00 a.m.
The deployment and service increase measures were agreed upon at the meeting held at the Transport Consortium at the request of the Secretary for Transport, Housing and Infrastructure, Rosalía Gonzalo, in view of the mobility problems these music events would lead to.
As regards the Iron Maiden concert, held at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, 21,061 passengers were registered between 11 p.m. and closing time. The 13,931 passengers registered at the station between 11:00 p.m. and 00:00 a.m. are worth noting.
Train frequency on Lines 8 and 4 was also increased by 25 and 15% respectively during the afternoons and evenings on all the three days on which the music events took place in order to facilitate access to the concert-goers to the festival area. The increase in the number of trains by Metro de Madrid came with an increase in staff on the affected line, in order to guarantee that the service operated properly and ensured mobility in the area.
25% of the increase costs were borne by the Regional Government of Madrid. The cost of keeping Metro open for the three days alone amounted to €188,000.
Moreover, the Regional Transport Consortium set an express EMT line in operation which consisted of a fleet of 20-25 articulated buses that stopped near the premises of the Mad Cool concerts and took passengers to the Plaza de Castilla transport hub, with buses running every 2-3 minutes.