Regional Government of Madrid receives ONCE Solidarity Award for 2nd Accessibility Plan of Metro de Madrid
The Regional Government of Madrid has been recognised with the ONCE Solidarity Award, in the category of Public Authority Body, for its implementation of the 2nd Accessibility and Inclusion Plan of Metro de Madrid 2021-2028. This action involves the installation of 103 new lifts, which will mean that 84% of stations are fully accessible by the year 2028. The Regional Councillor for Transport and Infrastructure, David Pérez, received the award at the 2021 Solidarity Awards Gala, which was held this afternoon at the auditorium of the ONCE Sports and Cultural Centre.
This project, which the Regional Government of Madrid will invest 332 million euros in, will enable 27 underground station to be added to the list of fully accessible stations, to facilitate the transport of passengers with reduced mobility. These stations are 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. Once these improvements works are completed, 84% of the Madrid underground stations will be fully accessible.
The new plan offers continuity to the previous plan from 2016 to 2020, involving the installation of 101 lifts at 36 stations on the Madrid underground, along with the introduction of other elements such as tactile paving, double hand-rails and signs in braille.
“With the introduction of these measures, we are once again stressing the commitment of Metro de Madrid to overcoming the architectural barriers of its installations”, stressed David Pérez. The Madrid underground now has 558 lifts and 1,712 escalators distributed around the network, and is the leading metropolitan system in Europe in terms of the number of lifts and escalators, and the third-ranked in the world.
The 2nd Accessibility and Inclusion Plan of Metro de Madrid has also been recently recognised with the cermi.es 2021 Award, in the category of Universal Accessibility, granted by the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities (CERMI), which was collected by the President of the Regional Government of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso.
The awards presented by ONCE are the highest distinction granted at a regional level to recognise supportive work carried out over the last year by individuals, companies, NGOs, public authority bodies and for journalism. This year’s edition also saw awards for the Board of Trustees of Army Orphans and for the journalist Paloma del Río, among others.