Regional Government of Madrid re-opens Metro line 2 on the section between Retiro and Sol and opens refurbished Sevilla station
The Acting President of the Regional Government of Madrid, Pedro Rollán, attended today’s re-opening of the stretch of line 2 of Metro de Madrid between Retiro and Sol stations. This stretch has been closed to users since January when the tunnel on this line was affected by the works being carried out by the construction company OHL on the Canalejas Complex. The re-opening includes Sevilla station, also on line 2, closed since April 2018 for a major overhaul.
“At the Regional Government of Madrid we maintain our commitment to safe and effective public transport”, claimed Pedro Rollán, who was accompanied by the Acting Regional Councillor for Transport, Housing and Infrastructure, Rosalía Gonzalo. “Our efforts over the course of these weeks have been constant to minimise the disruption and reduce repair times” on line 2, pointed out the Acting President of the Regional Government of Madrid.
During the works on the tunnel caused by an incident outside of the control of Metro de Madrid, and in order to alleviate the disruption caused to passengers the Regional Government of Madrid has operated a free bus service for users of the underground covering the same stretch. “Rest assured that we will carry on working to ensure that Metro de Madrid continues to be, one century on from its birth, a benchmark of modernity and competitiveness in our region”, added Pedro Rollán.
The works on the overhaul of Sevilla station have included the complete replacement of the entrance hall in the year in which the Madrid underground commemorates its centenary. This hall has been decorated with old plans of Madrid and historical photos of the outside of the station.
The works include the reorganisation of the station access points to concentrate them in one large entrance on the odd number side of Calle de Alcalá. In addition, three lifts have been installed, which allow the station to be accessible for people with reduced mobility: one from street level down to the new entrance hall, and two more to reach each side of the platform, after going through the turnstiles.
Metro de Madrid has also renovated the station’s existing facilities, and added additional features such as turnstiles, communication systems, fire protection systems, electricity supply transformers, etc. to adapt this to the level of the most modern stations of the network. New spaces have also been created inside the station itself for the installation of the equipment necessary. In addition, emergency exists have been built for each platform and a new ventilation shaft has been constructed.
STATION MODERNISATION PLAN
The renovation works on Sevilla station come under the Modernisation Plan being carried out by Metro de Madrid, with an investment of 89 million euros for actions on 33 stations of the network. Works have already been carried out on several stations on line 5 as part of this plan: Canillejas, Torre Arias, Suanzes, Aluche, plus San Blas on line 7 and Pavones on line 9, with the remodelling of their vertical surfaces, paving, water-proofing systems, drainage and lighting. Work is also being done on the modernisation of such other stations as Gran Vía, Bilbao, Tribunal, Príncipe de Vergara and Ascao.
Metro’s Station Modernisation Plan seeks to improve the network that forms part of the daily lives of all the people of Madrid – with 657.2 million users in 2018 – 2.3 million each working day – contributing to make it safer and more comfortable. The Regional Government of Madrid will carry on working to ensure that Metro de Madrid continues to be, one century on from its birth, a benchmark of modernity and competitiveness in the Region of Madrid.
In addition, the installation of three lifts at Sevilla station are framed within the Metro Accessibility Plan which was agreed with the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (Spanish acronym: CERMI). This plan has a total provision of 145.7 million euros to 2020 and will lead to the installation of 89 lifts in 33 stations, such that the number of disabled access Metro stations will rise from 63% to 73%.
In addition to the three new lifts in Sevilla station are those recently opened in Barrio de la Concepción (3), Pavones (2) and Portazgo (3) stations, giving the Metro de Madrid network a total of 529 lifts, in other words, almost 65% are now accessible stations. Works are already under way to build seven lifts at Bilbao station, four at Gran Vía, five at Plaza Elíptica and six at Príncipe de Vergara.
RECOVERY OF AN ADVERTISING MURAL FROM 1924
During the modernisation works on Sevilla station, the remains of an old ceramic advertising mural were uncovered, which the Regional Government of Madrid wished to recover for the enjoyment of its passengers. This was a typical ceramic advertising mural of the time in which the station was built, back in 1924, of the brand of soap Carabaña. The mural had been covered up with the different actions implemented over the almost 100 years of the life of the underground, finally leaving it completely hidden.
This advertising panel covers a surface area of almost 8 square metres and consists of a rectangular space with white tiles of 15 x 15 cms. The advertising shows a woman dressed with clothing from the 1920s with the slogan ‘Carabaña bath salts. Nothing better for your skin’, framed in black edging tiles. The advertisement is flanked by two vertical plain rectangular panels, one metre wide by two metres high, of 20 x20 cm white tiles.
RENOVATION WORKS ON THE NETWORK
These works on line 2 are in addition to other improvements on different stretches of Metro lines over the course of this legislature. In 2016, works were implemented on line 1. The service was partially cut off – on 23 out of 33 stations on the line – between Plaza de Castilla and Sierra de Guadalupe. The tunnel on the stretch between Cuatro Camino and Portazgo, one of the oldest in the whole Metro network, inaugurated on 17 October 1919, was waterproofed and consolidated, and strengthened through injections of cement and special concrete projections.
In addition, the conventional catenary was replaced by a rigid catenary, entailing an electricity transmission system to the trains characterised by greater reliability, availability and fewer maintenance requirements.
Improvements and renovations were carried out on line 5 on the stretch between Casa de Campo and Campamento. And a series of improvements and land consolidation actions were carried out on line 7B, between Hospital del Henares and San Fernando stations, to reinforce a zone with a very uneven geological composition. In addition, at the start of 2017, the track on line 8 was completely replaced by a state-of-the-art track in order to enhance safety, availability and comfort, reduce vibration and increase the efficiency of maintenance work.
The works consisted of the repair of the railway track via injections and transversal concrete walls, as well as the repair of the central drainage channel and the transversal drainage chutes. Furthermore, the elastic track plugs were changed, which had become obsolete, and replaced by direct clamping plates throughout the section affected and the evacuation passages were refurbished on the section between Mar de Cristal and Campo de las Naciones.
In addition, a shaft located between Campo de las Naciones and Airport T1-T2- T3 was reinforced to stop leakages. Line 5 was completely renovated in 2017 – one of the main actions was the replacement of the tramway catenary by a rigid catenary.
In turn, the lighting installations were renovated and a TETRA radiotelephony system was installed as the communication platform for tunnels, stations, trains and safety. In addition, the floor was refurbished at Aluche station and Canillejas, Torre Arias and Suanzes stations were all given a major overhaul. Finally, processes were undertaken to improve the reliability of the series 2000B rolling stock, the renovation of fixed and mounted signalling on the rolling stock and the reform of the Electric Traction Centres in Rubén Darío and Quintana.
IMPROVEMENTS TO METROSUR
In the summer of 2018, works began to renovate the northern section of line 12 of the underground from El Casar to Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, following on from the actions carried out in 2012, due to the detection of some defects on the track platform, such as leaky channels, overspills and leakages, deterioration to the mountings and to the track infrastructure.
In 2018, comprehensive actions were undertaken that included repairs to the concrete platform through injections and transversal gullies, as well as the repair of the central drainage channel and transversal chutes. In addition, the elastic track plugs were replaced by direct clamping plates.
At the same time, works began on the stretch of line 7b between Hospital del Henares and Barrio del Puerto stations to complete the waterproofing actions on the tunnel by applying a more robust solution to avoid water leaking onto some points of the line.
Hence, all the elements affected in ventilation shafts and pumping wells were repaired and waterproofed, in addition to the voissoirs that form the tunnel and that were also affected by leaks. These repairs were also used to unblock and repair some of the sections of the underground drainage system.
In the summer of 2018, works were carried out on line 9b, between Rivas Vaciamadrid and Puerta de Arganda stations, including the renovation of the track to improve safety, availability and comfort levels. Actions were also carried out on the railway signalling, the signalling and energy system and also on the communication systems. And just two months ago, the new Arroyofresno station opened its doors and began operating on line 7. By implementing all these works, Metro de Madrid clearly shows its ongoing commitment to improving the service it offers its users each day.