Regional Government of Madrid puts works to extend Line 3 of the underground from Villaverde Alto to El Casar de Getafe out to tender

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This connection, with a budget of almost 112 million euros, will improve access to the metropolitan area of Madrid for 1 million users in the south of the city. Works will be implemented over 24 months to extend the line 2.5 kilometres and connect it with Line 12 of the underground and the Cercanías suburban train system. The public transport offer and its quality will thus be increased, contributing to reduce the region’s carbon footprint

The Regional Government of Madrid has approved the tender for the works to extend Line 3 of the underground to the city of Getafe, where it will create an intermodal station. These works will connect Villaverde Alto with El Casar station and will begin on 1 January 2022, as announced by the President of the Regional Government of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, at the investiture debate.

The extension works will be executed over 24 months and backed by an investment of almost 112 million euros. This ambitious project means extending Line 3 of the underground by 2.5 kilometres, providing a new alternative to travel into the metropolitan area of the city of Madrid, not just to residents of Getafe, but also to the rest of the large municipalities in the south of the city, such as Alcorcón, Móstoles, Fuenlabrada and Leganés.

Accordingly, more than 1 million users from the south of the city will be able to benefit from greater intermodality and better connections between the different modes of transport to facilitate their daily journeys. To date, Line 12 of MetroSur only connected with the rest of the underground at Puerta del Sur station (Line 10) on a circular line that links five municipalities over its total length of 41 kilometres.

El Casar station, in Getafe, will thus become the second connection between MetroSur and the capital’s underground, which will be an intermodal station that will connect Lines 3 and 12 of the underground, and the Cercanías-Renfe suburban railway that links Aranjuez with Atocha, Sol and the north of the capital.

FACILITATE AND IMPROVE INTERMODALITY IN TRANSPORT

The extension of the underground will, in turn, allow the different urban and intercity bus lines from Getafe to be reorganised to facilitate intermodality in the municipality. It will also improve the connectivity of Getafe and its extension to the east, tied in to the urban development of Los Molinos, which is currently well underway.

The future El Casar station will have a car park above ground with more than 500 parking spaces, which will become part of the Aparca-T parking network, free of charge for public transport users.

In will also have spaces to charge electric vehicles. This is one of the main challenges for this term of office which, in parallel, will help reduce the carbon footprint by reducing the use of private vehicles, boosting quality public transport in the metropolitan area of the south of the region.

These works have been proposed as a project that could be subsidised under the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Economy through the Regional Department for Transport and Infrastructures.