Aguado advances the installation of hydrogel and mask vending machines in Madrid's Metro stations
The Region of Madrid is going to install vending machines with masks and hydrogel in some of the stations with the highest number of Metro passengers. The aim is to facilitate the availability of these protective items, as masks are mandatory on public transport. Today, the Vice President, Minister of Sports, Transparency and spokesman of the Regional government, Ignacio Aguado, and the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Angel Garrido, unveiled the first of these vending machines at Moncloa station.
It is expected that in the coming days they will also be installed in the stations of Nuevos Ministerios, Príncipe Pío, Plaza de España, Argüelles, Diego de León, Atocha-Renfe, Chamartín, Sainz de Baranda and Colombia. Initially, the machines will remain active for a period of six months.
"The Region of Madrid wants to continue reinforcing the safety of citizens, Metro users and underground workers," said the regional vice-president. Aguado also congratulated the public company Metro de Madrid "for being able to deal with such an unusual situation as that caused by coronavirus" and for this initiative, which "guarantees the possibility of acquiring protection material for all people who access public transport".
In this respect, Aguado has assured that self-protection is one of the keys to continue advancing in the de-escalation of the region, with the use of masks, maintaining safety distance and frequent hand washing. Furthermore, he stressed that "from tomorrow, the Region of Madrid will resume the normal schedule, and this involves greater responsibility and prudence" on the part of citizens to overcome the COVID-19 crisis.
"This new measure also aims to facilitate the mobility of many Madrid residents who need to get to their jobs safely. They can have the confidence that on the Metro they have all the protective measures to travel safely," said Garrido.
REUSABLE UP TO 10 TIMES
The masks will be sold individually packaged for a price of 3 euros. They are reusable and washable up to a maximum of ten times. The 100-millilitre hydrogel container will cost 2 euros. Each machine has the capacity to sell 192 masks and 96 hydrogels. For now, they will only sell these two products, but other pharmaceutical products could also be added in the future.
This measure is in addition to those implemented to tackle the de-escalation and protect passengers and employees of Metro de Madrid. So, from tomorrow, capacity controls will be carried out at key stations in the network and a device will be deployed to monitor passenger flow at the busiest points.
The aim of this control is to manage the flow within the Metro network in the best possible way, guaranteeing the safety distance between passengers. Almost one hundred security guards will carry out these supervision tasks in at least 14 of the busiest stations in the network, such as Atocha Renfe, Ópera, Príncipe Pío, Sol, Moncloa, Méndez Álvaro, Pacífico, Conde de Casal, Avenida de América, Puerta de Arganda, Gregorio Marañón, Tres Olivos, Nuevos Ministerios and Plaza Elíptica, among others.
OTHER SECURITY MEASURES
Similarly, since last week, new signs have been installed on trains and in stations to inform Metro users of the new conditions they must take into account when travelling on the Madrid underground, such as the distance between users and seat occupation.
This reminds people of the need to maintain hand hygiene and that the use of masks is compulsory on the underground and on all public transport. Marks have also been installed to indicate how to maintain safety distance in transit areas such as corridors and station access doors, as well as on platform floors, walls and benches and on train seats.