Regional Government of Madrid to invest more than 5 million euros in the renovation of underground track between Colombia and Pinar del Rey stations

Regional Government of Madrid to invest more than 5 million euros in the renovation of underground track between Colombia and Pinar del Rey stations
As approved at today’s regional government meeting, the works will commence in February and last for some three months. An alternative bus service will be laid on while the service is suspended between Colombia and Mar de Cristal. Pinar del Rey station will remain closed to the public while the works last. These works will enable the speed limits to be removed on this stretch of Line 8 and prevent water leaking into the tunnel

The Regional Government of Madrid has today approved the comprehensive renovation of the underground track supporting layer between Colombia and Pinar del Rey stations on Line 8, with a budget of 5.3 million euros and an execution period of three months as from February.

The renovation of the track supporting layer will mean the suspension of the service between Colombia and Mar de Cristal stations, although both will remain open to the public and the only station that will remain closed is Pinar del Rey. The Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid will also guarantee mobility in the area by introducing a special free bus service, at no additional cost to the user, to cover the stretch while the renovation works last.

These remodelling works will enable the existing speed restrictions to be removed on this stretch and prevent water leaking into the tunnel and running under the track supporting layer. With the aim of minimising the nuisance caused by these works as far as possible for passengers and reducing their impact, operators will work in several shifts 24/7.

Before that, a series of preparatory works will be carried out, permits will be obtained and data taken in January. In order for these preliminary works to have the minimum repercussions on underground users, they will be carried out at night (between 02:30 and 05:00).

Once the works are finalised and the station re-opened, work will be carried out to replace the incline, finishes and final adjustments made for a period of one month, although these actions will not affect the trains running.