The Regional Government of Madrid changes the name of Metropolitano Station to Vicente Aleixandre and Atocha Station to Estación del Arte
Metropolitano Metro station (Line 6) will become Vicente Aleixandre Station as from this Saturday. Atocha Metro station (Line 1) will also change its name and from now on will be known as Estación del Arte (Art Station). The President of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Ángel Garrido, announced this today during the official name change presentation, which took place in the station which will carry the name of one of the best Spanish poets of all times, Vicente Aleixandre. Garrido was accompanied by the Secretary for Transport, Housing and Infrastructures, Rosalía Gonzalo, as well as the niece of Vicente Aleixandre.
The work necessary for changing the names at the stations will take place during the night from Friday 30 November to Saturday 1 December in both stations (outside of operating hours) and will conclude in time for the start of train service on 1 December. The rest of the work for changing signs throughout the network and in the trains will start from that date.
Inaugurated in 1987 and located in an area with a traditional presence of university student dormitories (on account of its proximity to Ciudad Universitaria), the change from Metropolitano to Vicente Aleixandre will avoid the existing confusion with the name of Estadio Metropolitano Station on Line 7. The new name is due to the fact that the poet, Vicente Aleixandre, lived in the vicinity of Metropolitano Station, at what is now number 3 Vicente Aleixandre Street.
A poem and a brief biographical note decorate the station which, starting next Saturday, will honour Vicente Aleixandre, one of the most important exponents of Spanish Literature and winner of the Nobel Prize.
“In this way we pay tribute –Garrido underlined– to one of the most extraordinary and innovative writers in our language, not only for his mastery of the language but also in recognition of his having been a mentor of poets”.
ESTACIÓN DEL ARTE
With respect to Atocha, inaugurated in 1921, the change to Estación del Arte will make it possible to clear up the ambiguity between the names of the stations Atocha and Atocha Renfe. Moreover, the new name will make it easier to associate the name of the station more clearly with Madrid’s three most famous museums, located nearby (the Prado Museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía), with which there is also an agreement in place which allows reproductions of the 36 principal works of these art museums to be displayed in the Metro station and also enables the holders of the Young Persons Season Ticket to have access to discounts for visiting these museums.
For the regional President, the new name “will also be reinforced by the possible future inclusion of the Paseo del Prado boulevard and the Buen Retiro park on the UNESCO World Heritage List”, an initiative which has been supported by the Regional Government of Madrid. Moreover, the new name “contributes to facilitating to all Madrilenians, and especially to the tourists who visit us, the best route for access to the outstanding art museums located on this major cultural axis”, Garrido pointed out.
OTHER NAME CHANGES IN METRO
This is not the first time that the Regional Government has decided to change the names of stations in the Metro network during this term of office. One of them was precisely the name referring to the Metropolitan Stadium, Estadio Metropolitano Station, which was given this name following the move in June 2017 of the football club Atlético de Madrid to its new stadium. Up to that time, the station had been called Estadio Olímpico.
The other station that changed its name is Campo de las Naciones, on Line 8. In 2017, the name was changed to Feria de Madrid to enable Metro users to associate it more readily with the Ifema trade fair grounds.
The changes in name closest to these very recent ones are Aeropuerto, which was renamed Aeropuerto T1, T2, T3 in 2007, and Hospital del Norte, which was also renamed in 2008 as Hospital Infanta Sofía. We would have to go back as far as 1998 to find the last name change before these, when Lima Station went on to be called Santiago Bernabéu on account of its proximity to the Real Madrid’s stadium. Metro has 301 stations at the present time, to which a new name will be added in the first quarter of next year, when the new Arroyo Fresno Station will be completed.