Regional Government of Madrid invests 27 million euros in improvements and safety measures for underground users

Regional Government of Madrid invests 27 million euros in improvements and safety measures for underground users
The Regional Government of Madrid has approved three agreements on the underground at today’s meeting. It will allocate more than 18 million euros to modernise escalators. 5.5 million euros will also be invested in developments to fire protection systems

The Regional Government of Madrid has today approved the award of three contracts for Metro de Madrid to renew supplies, infrastructure and fire protection systems with an investment of close to 27 million euros. These measures will lead to improvements in the service provided to users and enhance safety.

Over the next four years, 312 escalators will be updated, of the more than 1,700 installed at the different stations on the underground network, along with the supply and replacement of nine tooth-step chains and the repair of another 21 of these access installations, at a cost of more than 18 million euros.

These works are framed within the Project to Improve the Availability and Reliability of Escalators being implemented by Metro de Madrid.

Furthermore, 5.5 million euros will be allocated to adapt some elements of the installations of the Fire Protection Systems (PCI) at 85 underground stations through a framework agreement, to adapt them to prevailing legislation and thus ensure the safety of users and employees.

Metro de Madrid has always prioritised the protection of both groups in its installations and has pioneered fire protection measures. Even the water mist fire extinguishing system for escalators was patented by this company.

Lastly, the Regional Government of Madrid authorised the contracting of the technical infrastructure necessary to renew the Siemens Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) located in the Central Command Post of the Madrid underground. The award, which has a budget of close to 3 million euros and a contract term of 2.5 years, affects all underground lines, except Lines 1 and 6, which employ different technology.

The CTC is an essential railway system for the passenger transport service of Metro de Madrid. Both for normal operations and in response to incidents that affect train movements, the CTC allows train movement in the operating network to be monitored, along with the representation of the different statuses of signalling elements.

By means of this initiative, the evolution of CTC 2.0, based on new standards, will be achieved. This action will be co-financed, with 40% charged to the ERDF Operating Programme 2021/27 of the Regional Government of Madrid.