Regional Government of Madrid to step up services on line 8 of the underground by up to 50% to facilitate attendance at FITUR
The Regional Government of Madrid will step up services on line 8 of Metro de Madrid to facilitate access by visitors to the International Tourism Fair (FITUR), which begins tomorrow at the IFEMA trade fair site and ends on Sunday. These services will be increased by up to 50% in the number of trains and additional staff and security personnel at stations will be laid on.
Accordingly, between Wednesday and Friday, additional trains will be available between 07:30 and 21:00, which is when the trade fair closes. However, should it prove necessary, additional services will be laid on until later.
At the weekend, which is when the trade fair opens its doors to the general public, additional services will be provided as from 09:00. The peak period for attendance at FITUR is expected to take place on Saturday between 09:00 and 12:00, and accordingly train numbers will be increased by 50% at that time.
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Metro de Madrid will also provide additional staff and security personnel at stations on line 8 to guarantee the flow of passengers inside stations. This staff increase will mainly be laid on at Nuevos Ministerios and Feria de Madrid stations, where the largest numbers of passengers are expected to pass through. Additional passengers are also expected at Mar de Cristal, Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3 and Aeropuerto T4 stations.
In addition, the Regional Transport Consortium has agreed with the Municipal Transport Company (EMT) to increase services on bus lines 112 and 122 which stop at IFEMA, should this prove necessary. There will also be an increased service if there are peak periods of additional passengers on bus lines 200 and 203 (Airport Express), which connect with Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.
Last year, FITUR welcomed 253,000 visitors and the underground proved to be the most used means of transport to attend the most important tourism trade fair in the world. In 2019, Feria de Madrid station recorded more than 150,000 passengers on the days this event was held.