Regional Government of Madrid finalises accessibility works at Príncipe de Vergara station
The Regional Government of Madrid has finalised the improvement and modernisation works on Príncipe de Vergara underground station (Lines 2 and 9), which will be fully accessible as from today thanks to six new lifts. The works have included the comprehensive modernisation of the station, financed with an 11.7-million euro investment.
The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructures of Madrid, David Pérez, oversaw the conclusion of these actions today, verifying the full accessibility of its entrances and the renovation undertaken of the whole station. The works are framed within the Modernisation Plan of 33 of the oldest stations on the underground network, and of Metro’s 2016-2020 Accessibility and Inclusion Plan, co-financed with the 2014-2020 ERDF Operating Programme of the Regional Government of Madrid.
David Pérez underlined “the huge effort being carried out by the regional government to make the underground network as accessible as possible and continue making progress on this matter. 67.5% of all stations are now accessible. Our commitment is to make 82% of them accessible in the coming years”, added the regional councillor.
In order to install the new lifts, which allow direct access to the station from the street, another entrance lobby has been built that connects with the platforms on Lines 2 and 9, where new lifts have also been installed, through a new passage way.
The aims of Metro’s 2016-2020 Accessibility and Inclusion Plan include the installation of 89 lifts at 33 stations on the underground network, as well as such other elements as tactile paving, double hand rails and braille signage.
Metro is currently completing the outstanding actions under the Accessibility Plan, where works are only pending to be put out to tender at San Bernardo and Diego de León stations, which are at the procurement stage, and at Alonso Martínez and Méndez Álvaro stations, where the technical design is at the drafting stage.
As regards the works to remodel Príncipe de Vergara station, the cladding and vertical walls have been replaced, the flooring has been modernised and new lighting has been installed. The ventilation conduits have also been renewed for the station platforms and the drainage, and the stairs have been re-cladded. New offices have also been built. In addition, passenger signage has been improved as have the fire protection, air conditioning and ticket sale installations, among other actions.
Furthermore, these works were also used to remove materials with asbestos content, framed within the Asbestos Removal Plan of the underground, in which the company will invest 170 million euros by the year 2027 to remove any trace of this material in the underground network installations.
These actions are in addition to the works under the Modernisation Plan that Metro has finalised at Ascao, Bilbao, Pavones, Tribunal, Esperanza, Prosperidad, Alfonso XIII and Arturo Soria stations and which are being implemented at Pueblo Nuevo, Príncipe de Vergara, Conde de Casal, Cuatro Caminos and Gran Vía stations.