Metro de Madrid receives ‘Development of tourist accessibility’ award from Madrid City Council
Metro de Madrid has been awarded with the prize for the ‘Development of tourist accessibility’, granted by Madrid City Council. The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, received the award from the Delegated Tourism Department for its Accessibility Plan and for the removal of architectural barriers carried out by the regional government in the Madrid underground, to facilitate access to its installations and for its commitment to stations in areas of great tourist interest.
The award was presented at an event that took place in the Glass Gallery at Cibeles Palace, within the framework of World Tourism Day, which is held on 27 September each year.
Madrid City Council grants these awards to those companies, institutions and professionals that have most contributed to boosting tourism in the city of Madrid over the last year. In addition to the category ‘Development of tourist accessibility’, it also presents awards for the ‘Project of particular tourist interest for Madrid’, for the ‘Event of tourist interest’ and for the ‘Commitment to innovation and sustainability’, among others.
METRO DE MADRID AND ACCESSIBILITY
Metro de Madrid is currently one of the most accessible underground systems in the world. In fact, it has a total of 558 lifts and 1,711 escalators distributed throughout the network,
Currently, it is implementing the Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2021-2028, which will enable 28 stations on the Madrid underground to join the list of fully accessible stations, with the aim of facilitating transport to passengers with reduced mobility. In total, 103 new lifts will be installed and 332 million euros will be invested in the project, which practically doubles the budget for the previous Metro Plan for the years 2016-2020.
This initiative will result in full accessibility at the following underground stations: Núñez de Balboa (L5 and L9), Ibiza, Oporto (L5 and L6), Menéndez Pelayo, Duque de Pastrana, Vicente Aleixandre, O´Donnell, Manuel Becerra (L2 and L6), Cuzco, Santiago Bernabéu, Concha Espina, Cruz del Rayo, Pío XII, Ventilla, Barrio del Pilar, Herrera Oria, Artilleros, Estrella, García Noblejas, Banco de España, Acacias (L3 and L5), Carabanchel, Alto de Extremadura and Ciudad Lineal.
Once the Accessibility Plan 2021-2028 is completed, 82% of the Madrid underground stations will be fully accessible.
In addition to the installation of the new lifts, Metro de Madrid is implementing a ‘Plan Renove’ [Renewal Plan] of the oldest models. The aim is to replace them gradually with more modern lifts, lower energy consumption and greater service reliability and availability.
The project, which began in 2019, will replace a total of 90 lifts that have become obsolete. To date, the lifts have been renewed at Vicálvaro, Canillas, Parque de Santa María, Moncloa, Argüelles, Gregorio Marañón, San Cipriano and Alto del Arenal stations.
The Plan will shortly enter phase two and will involve the replacement of a further 10 lifts, in this case at Alonso Cano, Peñagrande, Antonio Machado and Guzmán el Bueno stations on Line 7 (the latter also connects with Line 6).