Metro de Madrid brings forward closing time to midnight as from Tuesday

Metro de Madrid brings forward closing time to midnight as from Tuesday
The Regional Councillor for Transport will adapt the public transport offer in the region given the continuing fall in passenger numbers. The decision, adopted in coordination with the health authorities and the Government of Spain, will allow an essential public service to be maintained. The public transport demand in the Region of Madrid has fallen by 90% on average, which means close to 5 million fewer passengers than in a normal working day

Metro de Madrid will close the underground earlier as from Tuesday, 24 March, such that the last trains will leave at midnight instead of 01:30 as at present. This decision was adopted in coordination with the health authorities and the Government of Spain, which will allow an essential public service to be maintained.

This is one of the measures agreed by the Regional Councillor for Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido, to adapt the public transport offer in the Region of Madrid to the new situation derived from the extraordinary preventive measures approved as a result of the situation and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the declaration of the state of emergency.

The public transport demand in Madrid fell by 89.4% yesterday on the same say last year, according to figures from the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium, which means 5.05 million fewer journeys than a year ago. In the case of Metro de Madrid, this drop stood at 90%.

For this reason, the Regional Department of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, through the Regional Transport Consortium, has decided to adapt the public transport offer, seeking to make the mobility needs of those people that still need to travel compatible with the restrictions contained in the state of emergency.

Accordingly, the closing times of the Madrid underground will be brought forward, such that as from Tuesday, 24 March, the last train service will leave at midnight. Furthermore, the offer for morning rush hour continues to be brought forward in line with the new mobility patterns detected in recent days, and the adjustments to the rest of the timetables.

The Regional Transport Consortium is continuously monitoring the use of public transport in the region (Metro de Madrid, EMT, the other suburban and intercity buses run by the Consortium, Renfe Cercanías [suburban trains], light metros and tramways), and hence the public transport offer may vary according to changes in demand for the system as a whole.

STAY AT HOME

Within the framework of the measures and recommendations being adopted to avoid the spread of the coronavirus, the Regional Government of Madrid would remind citizens of the need to stay at home.

At any event, if the journey is strictly necessary and falls within those cases provided for in the Royal Decree declaring the state of emergency, the Regional Government of Madrid advises the elderly and those who suffer from illness to avoid using the Metro and public transport in general, on health grounds. This recommendation by the health authorities extends to care-providers and those who live with these sectors of the vulnerable population.

Ángel Garrido, consejero de Transportes, Movilidad e Infraestructuras de la Comunidad de Madrid y presidente de Metro de Madrid

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