Underground train service to be increased by 35% for start of school year
The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, visited the Metro de Madrid Command Post today, located at Alto del Arenal station, to verify the new planning of the Madrid underground, which has established three phases of action with the aim of adapting the offer of train services and the service conditions for passengers, taking into account the current situation caused by COVID-19.
The first of these will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, coinciding with the start of the new school year for nursery and primary school. As from that date, the number of trains will be increased on weekday mornings, with an increase of 20% on Lines 1, 3, 6 and 10. In addition, the control of temporary capacity will be adapted to the forecast demand and new devices will be installed to manage the build-up of passengers from Monday to Friday during morning rush hour at 12 stations.
The second phase will begin on 13 September, which will see train services increase by up to 27% on weekday mornings. In addition, the control of temporary capacity will continue to be adapted to demand and the number of new devices to manage the build-up of passengers will be increased from Monday to Friday during morning rush hour at a total of 16 stations. These devices will remain activated at nine stations at lunchtime rush hour on Fridays.
Lastly, the third phase will begin on 1 October, when the number of trains will be increased by up to 35% on the figures for August. Similarly, the control of temporary capacity will continue to be adapted to demand and the number of new devices to manage the build-up of passengers will be increased from Monday to Friday during morning rush hour at a total of 22 stations. These devices will remain activated at 14 stations at lunchtime rush hour on Fridays.
In addition, the control of temporary passenger capacity will be maintained through the turnstiles to access the underground at the 229 stations where this system is available at the different rush hours.
These measures will allow Metro de Madrid to control potential build-ups of passengers, as well as to help passengers distribute themselves along the whole platform and throughout the train, with the aim of guaranteeing the health and safety of all users, adapted to the recommendations made by the health authorities.
Presentation of the campaign “Return of Public Transport”
The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure took the opportunity of his visit to the Metro de Madrid Command Post to present the new campaign “Return of Public Transport”, by which the regional government seeks to make a call to all the people of Madrid to use the broad and varied offer of one of the best networks of public transport in the world, which is slowly recovering the figures seen before the pandemic.
The campaign “Return of Public Transport” is launched today, Monday, coinciding with the end of the school holiday period and the return to work of many residents of Madrid, highlighting the benefits related to sustainability and the reduction of the carbon footprint, as well as in the daily lives of users, who can employ their time more efficiently.
The campaign is scheduled to last for two weeks on the radio, and in the economic and sporting media, with more than 1,600 radio slots, a presence online and in the general news press, with a forecast of more than 20 million impressions.
It will also have a significant presence on outdoor media, on the network of Metro de Madrid and the Regional Transport Consortium, as in the case of more than 300 advertising boards on intercity business, posters on the fleet of 2,000 Regional Consortium buses, on-board digital signs on Canal Bus and Light Railway trains, and on the digital screens installed at the main transport interchanges in Madrid.
In this regard, David Pérez highlighted that “we have now recovered 75% of the volume of passengers and users from before the pandemic and we believe that the start of the new school year is an excellent time to once again look to our safe, efficient, sustainable and modern public transport network”.