Regional Government of Madrid will re-open stretch between Plaza de Castilla and Colombia on Line 9 tomorrow
The Regional Government of Madrid will re-open the stretch between Plaza de Castilla and Colombia stations on Line 9 to the public tomorrow, 1 September, which has been closed for the whole month of August as a result of the asbestos-removal works being carried out at Duque de Pastrana station.
The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, visited the station today to check on the actions that have been undertaken and which are included in the Asbestos-removal Plan of Metro de Madrid. This initiative has a budget of 170 million euros and seeks to definitively eliminate the presence of this material in the network by the year 2027.
David Pérez highlighted “the efforts being made by Metro de Madrid to eliminate the presence of this material in its installations in the most diligent manner possible which, due to the special treatment it needs to undergo, has forced us, for safety reasons, to suspend the service between Plaza de Castilla and Colombia stations”.
As well as eliminating all traces of materials that contain asbestos, a series of actions is being carried out designed to improve and modernise Duque de Pastrana station, which will foreseeably continue until the end of the year, but which will be compatible with providing passenger services.
The Metro Modernisation Plan seeks to improve and renovate the oldest stations in the network. This is possible thanks to an investment of 89 million euros. To date, actions have been implemented at Bilbao, Sevilla, Canillejas, Suanzes, Torre Arias, San Blas, Pavones, Tribunal, Ascao, Esperanza, Prosperidad, Alfonso XIII, Arturo Soria, Príncipe de Vergara and Gran Vía stations, and Pueblo Nuevo, Conde de Casal and Cuatro Caminos stations and the station visited by the regional councillor today are currently undergoing works.
IMPROVEMENT, MODERNISATION AND ACCESSIBILITY WORKS
The public enterprise Metro will invest more than 3.9 million euros in improving and modernising Duque de Pastrana station where, at this time, among other actions, the following are being undertaken: the renovation of the damp proofing and drainage system; the replacement of the finishings of the mechanised entrance lobby (equipment room, doors and partitions, flooring and vertical cladding), the platforms (equipment room, flooring and vertical cladding, drainage and the damp proofing of the ceilings), the signage and such other installations as the lighting, communications, energy and public address system.
In addition, Duque de Pastrana is one of the stations included in the new Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2021-2028 of Metro de Madrid, which has a financial provision of 332 million euros. This new plan, presented in the month of July, will improve the accessibility of the network, from 67.5% at present to 82%, thanks to the installation of 103 new lifts at 28 stations.
In addition, during this summer, the Regional Government of Madrid is carrying out improvement works on some other underground lines (Lines 6, 7B, 9 and 12 Metrosur). Some have already been completed, such as the works on Line 6 at Conde de Casal, and others will be completed in the coming weeks. On all the stretches affected, the Regional Government of Madrid has made a replacement free bus service available to users.