Metro de Madrid to renovate Príncipe de Vergara, which will close for works from 10 to 24 August

Príncipe de Vergara station
This action is framed within the accessibility, modernisation and asbestos-removal plans being implemented by the Madrid underground

With a budget of 11.76 million euros, six lifts will be installed, the station facilities will be renovated and the signalling will be improved. The Regional Government of Madrid is investing 89 million euros in the Modernisation Plan of 33 of the oldest stations in the Metro network. It will also allocate close to 146 million euros to the installation of new lifts within the Metro de Madrid Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020.

As from Saturday, 10 August, Metro de Madrid will close Príncipe de Vergara station to the public for two weeks to undertake the comprehensive renovation and modernisation of the station, including the installation of six lifts. During this time, trains will pass through the station but not stop there. The station will be reopened for Metro users on 24 August, although improvements will continue to be carried out at the station.

The works to be carried out at Príncipe de Vergara station have a budgetary allocation of 11.76 million euros and include, in addition to the new lifts, the incorporation of new facilities and improvements to signage for users and to the installations (electromechanical installations, fire safety, air conditioning, communications, sales and tickets).

In addition, this action will be used to withdraw materials with asbestos content, works that come under the Asbestos-Removal Plan of the underground, to which the Regional Government of Madrid will invest 140 million euros to 2025 to remove any trace of asbestos from all the installations on the Metro network.

METRO DE MADRID AND ACCESSIBILITY

The installation of lifts at Príncipe de Vergara station forms part of the Metro de Madrid Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020, set up by the Regional Government of Madrid with a total budget of 145.7 million euros, and thanks to which the Metro network now has a total of 529 lifts installed in facilities used by some 2.3 million people every day.

This plan, which was agreed with the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (Spanish acronym: CERMI), will allow Metro to increase accessible stations from 63% to 73% of the network, thanks to the installation of 89 lifts at 33 stations.

This project is co-financed by the Regional Government of Madrid and the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund 2014‐2020. The actions carried out will allow the mobility of the 322,000 persons with disabilities that live in the Region of Madrid to be improved.

During the month of May alone, 11 new lifts were opened at four stations in the network to continue enhancing accessibility to the most used means of public transport by the people of Madrid: three lifts at Barrio de la Concepción station (line 7), two at Portazgo (line 1), three at Pavones (line 9); and three more at Sevilla (line 2).

Works are currently under way to install another 29 lifts at Gran Vía, Tribunal, Plaza Elíptica and Bilbao stations, as well those already mentioned at Príncipe de Vergara station. In addition, 13 lifts will be replaced at seven stations by more modern and efficient models.

89 MILLION EUROS TO MODERNISE STATIONS

The Regional Government of Madrid will also continue implementing the Modernisation Plan for stations in the Metro network to renovate 33 of the oldest stations thanks to an investment of 89 million euros.

Apart from Príncipe de Vergara station, actions are currently under way at Plaza Elíptica, Bilbao, Tribunal and Gran Vía stations. In addition, in recent weeks, works have been awarded for actions on Arturo Soria, Alfonso XIII, Esperanza and Prosperidad stations.

The aim of the works is to replace the wall cladding, obsolete installations and technology on the platforms and passageways by other more modern materials and equipment that comply with current regulations, which will facilitate maintenance work and improve the functionality of the facilities.

In many of the cases, a system for waterproofing the vaults is being implemented in those parts lacking this, so as to eliminate leaks, new electricity conduits will be installed, and new furniture will be fitted.