Community of Madrid modernises the Cuatro Caminos Metro station, which will feature the history of the underground as its theme

Cuatro Caminos Metro station
The project, included in the Modernisation Plan of underground Stations, has an 8-month execution period. The work will allow the updating of the coverings, facilities and technology of the platforms and accesses in one of the oldest stations in the network

The Community of Madrid is going to invest more than 5 million euros in the modernisation of the Cuatro Caminos Metro station, which is served by lines 1, 2 and 6, and will feature the history of the underground as its theme.

The Governing Council today approved the allocation of these works, which have an execution period of 8 months. This action is part of the Modernisation Plan to renovate 33 of the oldest stations in the underground network, with a joint investment of 89 million euros.

The work, which will be carried out in the main foyer and in the distribution corridors of lines 1 and 2, aims to replace the obsolete coverings, facilities and technology located on the platforms and their accesses with other more up-to-date materials and equipment. This will facilitate maintenance work and improve the functionality of the facilities at the Cuatro Caminos station.

The station's drainage and sewage network will also be extended with new waterproofing systems and new electrical conduits installed. The spaces will also be equipped with new furniture and the walls and floors will have the same criteria as the rest of the new stations.

The renovation of finishes and facilities will in turn involve increasing the number of intercoms and elements that improve communication processes for users with certain disabilities and for station staff. The public address system will also be improved and new digital signage systems will be installed, among other measures.

The work also involves improving control systems in the technical rooms, as well as communication and remote management processes. This is the case with the installation of rainwater wells and the remodelling of the platform cabins, which will improve the operation of the underground service.

Other modernisation work is already under way at this station in the line 6 area, as well as the installation of six new lifts. This action is in addition to the Modernisation Plan works that the underground has completed at the Ascao, Bilbao and Pavones stations and which is currently being carried out at the Duque de Pastrana, Pueblo Nuevo, Esperanza, Prosperidad, Alfonso XIII, Príncipe de Vergara, Tribunal and Gran Vía stations.


Cuatro Caminos is one of the eight stations of the first section of the Metro (Sol - Cuatro Caminos), inaugurated on 17 October 1919 by Alfonso XIII. For this reason, Metro de Madrid has decided to make it a theme and turn this space into a tribute to the history of the underground and its workers.

The theme includes the installation of permanent silk screen prints alluding to the centenary of Metro de Madrid, as well as vinyl spaces that can rotate with images of different themes, among other matters.

In some specific areas of the station, continuous LED lighting points will be installed that will allow the tonality to be changed, giving the space a more modern essence. The installation of other  lighting models in accordance with the theme of the station will also be sought.

The walls will also be finished with the original Metro white bevelled tiling. In the same way, the ornamental element that was originally placed at the entrances will be redesigned and recreated. This is a totem pole simile that culminates in the illuminated Metro rhombus.