The Regional Government of Madrid allocates 14.5 million euros to the renewal of Metro rail track

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The aim is to increase the quality and efficiency of the service. In addition, more than 3 million euros will be allocated to extending the central underground workshops

The Regional Government of Madrid will invest 14.5 million euros in the renewal of Metro de Madrid rail track. Today, the regional government gave the green light to the enterprise to procure the renewal of track over the next four years, which will lead to the installation of 179 kilometres of track.

By means of this contract, the Madrid underground will double the number of rails that are renewed annually, with the aim of achieving 30 kilometres each year. This increase seeks to improve the efficiency and quality of the service. The track renewal will principally be aimed at changing those stretches reaching the end of their useful life.

Metro de Madrid is performing preventive maintenance of the track to ensure the safety of trains and guarantee a quality service, which means its gradual renewal. The state and durability of the track depends on its use, the existing geometry and wheel-rail contact. In general, track has a useful life of 30 years on average.

Metro de Madrid plans to renew more than 179 kilometres of track over the next four years, which is 15% of the existing general service track. The Madrid underground has 294 kilometres of double track for passenger service, which means a total of 1,175 kilometres of track. It also has almost 19 kilometres of single track in connecting tunnels and more than 119 kilometres of single track in sheds and depots.

The four-year contract provides for the installation of more than 179 kilometres of track

Metro de Madrid plans to renew more than 179 kilometres of track over the next four years, which is 15% of the existing general service track. The Madrid underground has 294 kilometres of double track for passenger service, which means a total of 1,175 kilometres of track. It also has almost 19 kilometres of single track in connecting tunnels and more than 119 kilometres of single track in sheds and depots.

EXTENSION OF CENTRAL WORKSHOPS

The Regional Government of Madrid also approved the proposed award of refurbishment and extension works today for the south zone of Metro’s central workshops, located in the depot in Canillejas. The investment on this project amounts to more than 3 million euros and will be implemented in a period of 18 months starting in March.

These works mean fitting out a workshop zone of 1,800 square metres, which is currently used for residual activity, but which will be refitted to be used to revise bogies.  The equipment needed for the maintenance of these parts will be installed in this area, which includes seven gantry cranes with load-bearing structures, 12 sectional doors for access to the workshop by trains and heavy vehicles and auxiliary installations.

In addition, the useful surface area of the workshop adjacent to the south zone will be extended by 200 square metres to fit it out as a loading bay for lorries, with two entry and exit points.

These actions form part of the plan being pushed through by the Rolling Stock Maintenance Department of the enterprise to optimise production, and to improve and consolidate the installations of the central workshops of Metro de Madrid. The aim is to better harness the technical resources and the existing means of production to implement the maintenance plans established by the manufacturers of train units.

The renovation of the workshops will also mean the site maintains its certification as a railway rolling stock maintenance centre granted by the State Railway Safety Agency.