The Community of Madrid will reopen the new Gran Vía metro station next summer

The Community of Madrid will reopen the new Gran Vía metro station next summer
The Regional Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, Ángel Garrido, visited the work site for the station's modernisation. The station will be fully accessible and will have the most modern facilities of the entire underground network. The works have made it possible to double the size of the hall to 2,000 square metres and to establish a direct, indoor connection between Metro lines 1 and 5 and the Sol Cercanías commuter rail station. The new station, whose exterior will recall Palacios' iconic pavilion, will have four new lifts, as well as more advanced types of turnstiles and ticket sales machines

The Community of Madrid plans to reopen the Gran Vía Metro station next summer, following the expansion and modernisation work that has been carried out to create a direct, indoor connection between it and the Sol commuter rail station. The new Gran Vía will also be fully accessible, with the most modern facilities of the entire underground network, and with an exterior that will reproduce Antonio Palacios' iconic pavilion.

This was laid out today by Ángel Garrido, Regional Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructures and President of Metro, who visited the works currently being carried out at the station along with Isabel Pardo de Vera, President of ADIF.

"When all the work is completed next summer, this station will once again be one of the most important in the Metro network, but reflecting the values and demands of the 21st century. A new modern, accessible, inclusive and digital Gran Vía station, which reflects our commitment to what will be the Metro model of the future, thanks to our plans for modernisation and accessibility", Garrido stated.

This month the General Administration of Infrastructures of the Community of Madrid is completing the civil engineering work on the station, with the enclosure of the shaft located on Montera Street and the construction of the station's floor slabs and stairs. In January, it will begin to redevelop Montera Street and the surrounding area.

Since last August, Metro has simultaneously been working on the layout of the station (interior architecture and facilities), with the aim of completing the work and being able to reopen the new Gran Vía next summer.

The remodelling of Gran Vía is a major work of engineering that will transform this station into a giant intermodal facility equivalent to an 8-storey building underground, nestled between the buildings on either side of Montera Street. It will feature a first level where a large new hall is being created; a second intermediate connecting level where the archaeological remains that have been found during the works will be put on display; and a third level connecting line 5 of the Metro with the walkway that leads to the Renfe Cercanías Sol commuter rail, which has been taken care of by ADIF.

BETTER DISTRIBUTION OF TRAVELLERS

The work that has been undertaken will allow the Gran Via and Sol stations to be connected by a corridor, so that it will not be necessary to leave the stations to make the transfer.

Thanks to this new connection, the movement of passengers using the commuter rail at Sol station will be improved by dividing their entrances and exits across the two access points: it is expected that 75% of passengers will use Sol directly and 25% will use the expanded Gran Vía station. This will also improve the distribution of passengers within the commuter rail trains, by offering a second point of access to the station.

Furthermore, the Gran Vía underground station lobby has been extended so that it can absorb the flow of passengers entering it through the new Sol transfer point. As such, the available space has been doubled to 2,000 square metres.

The station will be fully accessible thanks to Metro's installation of new escalators and four lifts. Passengers with reduced mobility will also benefit from new accessible features such as easy opening systems on doors, non-slip strips on staircases, Braille labels on handrails, signposting of accessibility elements, double-height handrails, accessible communication intercoms and ceramic visual-tactile flooring to facilitate movement through the stations.

INNOVATION AND ACCESSIBILITY           

Metro will also equip the station with 14 innovative, modern ticket vending machines with large display screens, which will allow, for example, contactless payment and a video call service.

In addition, 17 turnstiles will be installed, six of which will be adapted for people with reduced mobility and distributed across two halls. These models, also newly created, will take up less space, feature a screen to inform the user about their ticket validation with graphics and text and will have lighting on the gates, the contactless reader and the floor to inform the traveller about the result of the ticket validation.

The new station will recall the iconic pavilion by architect Antonio Palacios, between Calle Montera and Gran Vía. The original structure will be reproduced as faithfully as possible, with the goal of reinstating the symbolic value of this temple of the San Luis Network.

To this end, historical research has been carried out to analyse the different phases through which the original pavilion has passed since its construction in 1920. The remodel that it underwent in the 1950's to add two lifts has been studied, through the 1970's when it was dismantled for its transfer to Porriño, the architect's place of origin and where part of what remains of the building is located.

The reproduction will reflect the spectacular proportions of the original project's large marquee. It will be built with glass and steel and will be completely translucent, allowing light to filter in through the lift shaft. A free lift is also planned to float inside the Palacios monument.

PROTECTING THE SURROUNDINGS

The actions carried out by the General Administration of Infrastructures to extend and modernise the Gran Vía station involved significant technical complications, due to taking place within old infrastructure and a complex environment subject to cultural heritage protection, being located as it is in both the centre of Madrid and a historic station.

All this has affected the pace of works on the station, where the top priority has always been safety and the protection of the heritage that has been uncovered, in coordination with the General Administration of Cultural Heritage.

The Community of Madrid will reopen the new Gran Vía metro station next summer
The Community of Madrid will reopen the new Gran Vía metro station next summer
The Community of Madrid will reopen the new Gran Vía metro station next summer
The Community of Madrid will reopen the new Gran Vía metro station next summer