Metro de Madrid to reopen Príncipe de Vergara station to the public on Monday
On Monday, 26 August, Metro de Madrid will reopen Príncipe de Vergara station, after being closed to the public on 10 August. The works being carried out, which have a budget of 11.76 million euros, include the installation of six new lifts among the actions. Accordingly, Metro de Madrid, upon completion of the works, will have a total of 535 lifts throughout the underground system.
During the works carried out over the last two weeks, progress has been made on laying the new paving to the platforms of lines 2 and 9, and on fixing the new approved vertical wall cladding, among other actions.
In addition, material has been removed with asbestos content. The works carried out come under the Asbestos Removal Plan of the underground system, in which the Regional Government of Madrid will invest more than 140 million euros to 2025 to remove any last trace of asbestos from all the facilities on the underground system.
Although Príncipe de Vergara station will reopen to the public, the works to install the lifts will continue, together with the comprehensive renovation and modernisation works being carried out on the station.
METRO DE MADRID AND ACCESSIBILITY
The Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2016-2020, developed by the Regional Government of Madrid with a total budget of 145.7 million euros, means that
Metro de Madrid now has a total of 529 lifts, which will rise to 535 when the works are completed on Príncipe de Vergara station.
The Accessibility 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.
Works are currently under way to install another 23 lifts at Gran Vía, Tribunal, Plaza Elíptica and Bilbao stations, as well those at Príncipe de Vergara station. In addition, 13 lifts will be replaced at seven stations by more modern and efficient models.
MODERNISATION OF 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 to waterproof the vaults is being implemented in those parts lacking waterproofing, so as to eliminate leaks, new electricity conduits will be installed, and new furniture will be fitted, thus eliminating all those materials that contain traces of asbestos.