Tribunal Metro station to become fully accessible once seven lifts are installed
The Regional Government of Madrid is installing a total of seven lifts at the Tribunal Metro station (Lines 1 and 10) to convert it into a fully accessible station for persons with reduced mobility. The Acting Regional Councillor for Transport, Housing and Infrastructures, Rosalía Gonzalo, visited the project earlier today, which will be finished in 2020 and has been given a budget of 11.8 million euros.
Besides the installation of seven lifts, modernisation work is being carried out on the whole station to completely renovate its appearance. This will involve remodelling wall tiles, installations and technology that has become obsolete. A waterproofing system will also be installed in those areas where one is lacking in order to prevent water filtration.
One of the lifts will be positioned to provide access to street level, another two will enable travel inside the station and another four will provide access to the platforms on both Line 1 and Line 10 at the station. Work is expected to finish in December 2020.
PROGRESS ON THE ACCESSIBILITY PLAN
This station falls under the 2016-2020 Accessibility and Inclusion Plan launched by the Regional Government of Madrid and given a budget of 145.7 million euros. So far, the plan means that the Metro underground system already has a total of 529 lifts at installations used by 2.3 million people every day.
11 new lifts were opened in May alone at four stations on the network to maintain the progress being made on increasing accessibility to the most popular means of public transport among the people of Madrid: three lifts at Barrio de la Concepción (Line 7); two at Portazgo (Line 1); three at Pavones (Line 9); and three more at Sevilla (Line 2).
Work is currently under way to install another 29 lifts at Gran Vía, Bilbao, Plaza Elíptica, Príncipe de Vergara and the ones being installed at Tribunal. Furthermore, 13 lifts at seven stations are going to be replaced with more modern and efficient models.
This plan, which was agreed with the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Disabled Citizens (Spanish acronym: CERMI), will be worked on until 2020 and will enable Metro de Madrid to increase its percentage of accessible stations from 63% to 73% thanks to the installation of 89 lifts at 33 stations. Once the work at Tribunal has been finished, the Accessibility Plan will stand at 24.36% completion.
This project is co-financed by the Regional Government of Madrid and the European Union through the 2014-2020 European Regional Development Fund. The work being done will lead to improved mobility for the 322,000 persons with disabilities that live in the Region of Madrid.