The remodelling work will begin at the Cuatro Caminos station
Metro de Madrid will begin work on the modernisation of Cuatro Caminos Metro station tomorrow. The work, which involves an investment of more than 5 million euros, will be carried out over a period of 8 months and will not affect service provision, which means that the station will remain open throughout. This initiative is part of the Modernisation Plan for the renovation of 33 of the oldest stations in the underground network, which represents an investment of 89 million euros.
The work, which will be carried out in the main concourse and in the corridors on lines 1 and 2, aims to replace the obsolete cladding, facilities, and technology located on the platforms and their points of access with more up-to-date materials and equipment. This will enable maintenance work to be carried out more easily, and will improve the functionality of the facilities at Cuatro Caminos station.
Thus, the station's drainage and sewerage network will be extended with new waterproofing systems and the installation of new electrical conduits. 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 work will include an increase in the number of intercoms and features aimed at improving communication processes for disabled users and station staff. The public address system will also be improved, and new digital signage systems are to be installed, among other measures.
The work also involves an improvement in control systems in technical areas, as well as in communication and remote management processes. This is the case with the installation of rainwater wells and the remodelling of 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 is the installation of six new lifts. This is in addition to the work carried out as part of the Modernisation Plan that has been completed at the Ascao, Bilbao and Pavones stations, and work that is currently being undertaken at the Duque de Pastrana, Pueblo Nuevo, Esperanza, Prosperidad, Alfonso XIII, Príncipe de Vergara, Tribunal and Gran Vía stations.
CUATRO CAMINOS, METRO HISTORY
Cuatro Caminos is one of the eight stations that made up the first section of the Metro (Sol - Cuatro Caminos), which was inaugurated on 17 October 1919 by Alfonso XIII. For this reason, Metro de Madrid has decided to make it a themed station, and turn the space into a tribute to the history of the underground and its workers.
The process envisages the installation of permanent silk screen prints in an allusion to Metro de Madrid's centenary, as well as vinyl spaces that will be able to rotate with images of different themes, among other things.
In some concrete parts of the station, continuous LED lighting points will be installed that will allow a change in tonality, giving the space a more modern feel. The installation of other types of lighting in accordance with the introduction of the theme.
The walls will also be finished with the white bevelled tiling originally used in the Metro. Similarly, the decorative element that was originally placed at the entrances will be redesigned and reproduced. This is an emblematic feature culminating in the illuminated retro Metro rhombus.