Príncipe Pío Metro Station has two new lifts from today
The Regional Government of Madrid inaugurated today two new lifts at Príncipe Pío Metro Station (Lines 6, 10 and the Ópera-Príncipe Pío Spur). The works started last December and had a budget of nearly €500,000. Secretary for Transport, Housing and Infrastructure Rosalía Gonzalo has visited the station today and has reminded us that 'this action is part of the Metro Accessibility Plan 2016-2020, which includes the installation of 84 new lifts at 33 stations in order to continue transforming Metro into one of the most accessible underground systems for people with reduced mobility in the world'.
So far, the lift installation works have been finalised at Sol (1) and Príncipe Pío (2) and are underway at Barrio de la Concepción (3), Sevilla (3), Pavones (3), Portazgo (2) and Tribunal (7). In addition, more works are set to start in the coming weeks at Bilbao (7), Gran Vía (4), Plaza Elíptica (5) and Príncipe de Vergara (6) Stations. The remaining 84 lifts included in the Plan are already in the project design phase.
The new lifts at Príncipe Pío Station connect the main ticket hall, located on the same level as the spur platforms, to the platforms shared between Lines 6 and 10. This means that as of today all changes between lines are direct and accessible between the three platform levels. This station is used by 60,000 people daily and is now completely accessible for people with reduced mobility.
The Metro Accessibility Plan funded with a total amount of €145.7 M was agreed to by the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI). It is to be implemented by 2020 and will mean that accessible Metro stations will increase from 63% to 73%. Counting the three lifts included in the Plan and already in operation –one at Sol Station and two inaugurated today at Príncipe Pío Station– the Metro network already has 515.
This is a co-funded project by the Regional Government of Madrid and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020 and is meant to improve the mobility of 322,000 Madrilenians with different functional diversity.
The new lifts that are being installed at different stations link at least two Metro lines or have been requested by various associations or organisations assisting people with disabilities. It should be noted that the lift installation works will also include some actions for remodelling and upgrading the facilities. As is the case with Tribunal, Bilbao, Pavones, Príncipe de Vergara, Gran Vía and Sevilla Stations.