Regional Government of Madrid increases underground train speeds and reduces travel times with re-opening of Line 12
The Regional Government of Madrid has re-opened the stretch between Hospital de Móstoles and Conservatorio stations today on Line 12 of the underground (Metrosur), following the renovation and improvements works carried out during the summer. This action has led to an increase in the trains on the stretch and a reduction in travel times.
The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, visited Hospital de Móstoles station this morning – one of the stations on the stretch that has re-opened its doors to passengers today, one week ahead of schedule, due to the good pace at which the works have been developed. Accordingly, the nuisance caused to users has been reduced and the start of the school year in the south of the region has been facilitated.
The actions carried out have improved the conditions on the last 12 kilometres of the line that were still pending renovation. Now that the whole line has been reformed, train performance has been enhanced in terms of their speed. David Pérez praised the completion of this works, “whereby all the actions carried out over recent years on the 40 kilometres that make up the Metrosur line are now concluded, which provides a very important service to the residents of the municipalities in the south of the region”.
With a budget of more than 12 million euros, work has been done on seven stations in the southern stretch of this circular line. This has increased the efficiency of maintenance, the useful life of track systems, noise and vibrations have been reduced and the drainage system has been improved. In addition, an updated and more modern track fastening system has been introduced, thus improving train speeds and passenger safety, along with comfort.
The works, which have lasted just over two months, have included repairs to the concrete track supporting layer through injections and cross-sectional gullies, improvements to the drainage channels and the replacement of elastic pegs with direct clamping fixtures.
This Renovation and Improvement Plan, implemented by Metro de Madrid, has involved the closure of stretches on Lines 6, 7 and 9 of the underground, which has been completed at several other points, allowing the re-opening of the stretch of Line 6 between Pacifico and Sainz de Baranda stations, and of Line 9 between Colombia and Plaza de Castilla stations.
During the time these works have been carried out, the Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid has made a replacement free bus service available to underground users to guarantee mobility over this stretch.