Regional Government of Madrid opens Arroyofresno underground station
On Saturday, 23 March, the Regional Government of Madrid will open station number 302 of the Metro network – Arroyofresno – located between the stations of Lacoma and Pitis on line 7. This action, with an investment of 4.9 million euros, completes the extension of line 7 towards Valdezarza and Peñagrande, thus improving the mobility needs of residents in the north-west of the capital.
The station, which will open its gates at the same time as other stations, at 06:00, will mainly benefit the more than 220,000 residents of the districts of Valdezarza, El Pilar, Peñagrande, Lacoma and Arroyofresno.
The new station is 100% accessible for people with disabilities and reduced mobility thanks to its three escalators (two of which go down to the platforms from the entrance hall), eight escalators and level accesses.
This action means the definitive completion of the extension of line 7 of the underground to Valdezarza and Peñagrande, which forms part of the 1999 Metro Extension Plan to resolve the mobility needs of the people of this region. However, the lack of consolidation of this district when the station was built – with few buildings or residents and hence, a lack of demand for public transport services – made the postponement of its start-up advisable. Now a thriving district with several new real estate developments about to be occupied, the time has come to open the station to the public.
SIERRA DE GUADARRAMA, INVITED GUEST AT THE STATION
Arroyofresno station is fully thematic, with pictures and illustrations of the Sierra de Guadarrama, due to its proximity to this mountain range. To complete this thematic backdrop, illustrations of some of the typical mountain chains in the park have been used, together with photographic material from the Documentary Fund of the National Park of Sierra de Guadarrama, on loan from the Directorate-General of Environmental Affairs and Sustainability of the Regional Department of the Environment and Territorial Organisation of the Region of Madrid.
This decoration offers educational content about the park’s hallmarks, since it displays the flora, fauna, landscape, historical and artistic heritage, and uses and customs of the region. Together with some of the thematic pictures are explanatory texts flagged with a yellow and white marker, the same as those used to signal short walking routes (Spanish acronym: PR).