Regional Government of Madrid finalises renovation of 13 Metro lifts through a provision of 2.5 million euros

Lifts at Metro stations
This closes off the first phase of ‘Plan Renove’ for lifts, which began in 2019, to improve accessibility to the underground network. In the second phase, the public underground enterprise will replace another 10 lifts. Metro de Madrid now has 558 lifts and is one of the most accessible underground systems in the world

The Regional Government of Madrid has invested 2.5 million euros in the renovation of 13 lifts in the underground. This thus concludes the first part of its ‘Plan Renove’ [Renewal Plan] for lifts, which seeks to gradually replace the oldest models with more modern ones and achieve greater reliability and availability of the service on the Madrid underground. This is one of a number of actions that the enterprise has designed to improve the accessibility of stations.

Metro de Madrid is one of the most accessible underground systems in the world. It now has a total of 558 lifts distributed throughout the network, which makes it the leading underground system in Europe in terms of the total number of lifts, and the third ranked in the world.

This ‘Plan Renove’, which began in 2019, will replace a total of 90 lift that have become obsolete. To date, the lifts have been replaced at Vicálvaro, Canillas, Parque de Santa María, Moncloa, Argüelles, Gregorio Marañón, San Cipriano and Alto del Arenal stations.

The project will shortly enter phase two, in which the replacement of 10 lifts will take place. In this case, these are located at Alonso Cano, Peñagrande, Antonio Machado and Guzmán el Bueno stations on Line 7 (the latter also connecting with Line 6). The base tender budget is 2.2 million euros.

The new design lifts are driven electrically and, unlike the old hydraulic powered lifts, allow a greater number of manoeuvres and record fewer incidents. These new models allow more than 180 start times an hour and have a capacity to move up to 1,000 kg, the approximate equivalent of 13 people. All these characteristics enhance the quality of the service offered to clients and require less maintenance.

All these units comply with the design established by Metro de Madrid for these lifts, with the utmost accessibility and safety measures. They have both light and acoustic signals, information in braille, messages designed for the blind and inductive loops – a technology that Metro is introducing in its intercoms to foster communication with people with hearing problems, all in accordance with prevailing legislation.

In order to carry out this ‘Plan Renove’, the replacement and introduction of new electrical connections has been necessary, along with the adaptation of the protection systems against fires – adapted to each of these cases – the renewal of communication equipment (telephony, intercoms, display screens and CCTV cameras) and the integration of the new units in the station control systems, along with the Metro de Madrid Installation and Telecommunications Maintenance and Monitoring Centre (COMMIT), which monitors each and every one of these elements.