Regional Government of Madrid to install 41 new lifts at 12 underground stations
The Regional Government of Madrid will install a total of 41 lifts at Begoña (L10), Ventas (L2 and L5), Avenida de América (L4, L6, L7 and L9), San Bernardo (L2 and L4) and Diego de León (L4, L5 and L6) underground stations as part of the Accessibility Plan being implemented by the public enterprise in Madrid in its commitment to improve accessibility.
The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, presented the construction details and the schedule at Avenida de América station today to remove the architectural barriers at five more underground stations. David Pérez also personally inspected the project to build and install ten new lifts that will convert this important modal hub into a fully accessible station.
The installation of the 41 lifts is due to commence in the first quarter of 2022 and be completed within approximately three years. The investment in the project will amount to 148.6 million euros. The stations indicated will form part of the Accessibility and Inclusion Plan of Metro de Madrid. This seeks to install 101 lifts at 36 points on the network and introduce such other elements as tactile paving, double handrails and braille signalling.
Of the 36 stations that form part of the first Plan, 20 are already fully accessible, 12 are at the public tender stage and four are undergoing the drafting process of the technical design.
2nd ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION PLAN
The 2nd Accessibility and Inclusion Plan 2021-2028 will shortly start to be implemented, which provides continuity to the previous plan, enabling another 27 stations to be made fully accessible, thus facilitating the transportation of passengers with reduced mobility. In total, 103 new lifts will be installed, with 332 million euros being invested in the project.
David Pérez indicated that “the investment effort to improve accessibility is clear. We have taken on a key commitment to accessibility, to which end we will have invested more than 500 million euros when the two plans we are working on have been completed”. “The continuous effort by the Regional Government of Madrid to make progress on accessibility seeks to make public transport increasingly more inclusive”, he indicated.
The second plan will implement the full accessibility of 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, Carabanchel, Alto de Extremadura and Ciudad Lineal stations.
Once the 2021-2028 Plan has been completed, 84% of the stations of the metropolitan company will be completely accessible. This figure currently stands at around 68%. The new plan, similar to the previous one, is being defined in collaboration with CERMI (Committee of Entities Representing People with Disabilities) of the Regional Government of Madrid.
Metro de Madrid is one of the most accessible underground networks in the world. With a total of 1,712 escalators and 558 lifts, it is the leading underground network in Europe in the number of lifts and the third in the world.