The Community of Madrid starts work on the extension of Line 11 from Plaza Elíptica to Conde de Casal
The Community of Madrid has already begun work on the extension of Metro line 11 from Plaza Elíptica station to Conde de Casal station, which in turn connects with the underground's line 6. The Regional Minister for Transport and Infrastructures, David Pérez, visited them today and assured that "this measure will benefit the districts of Carabanchel, Usera, Arganzuela and Retiro, as they will have new connections with the Madrid underground network."
"These works will extend the Madrid Metro network by 7 kilometres with two new stations, Comillas and Madrid Río, and will facilitate access to quality public transport. All the stations will have staircases and escalators, as well as lifts to comply with accessibility and mobility regulations", added Perez.
The regional government will invest a total of €500 million in the works to extend this line, which will take three and a half years to complete. Line 11 currently runs between La Fortuna and Plaza Elíptica stations.
During the visit, Pérez indicated that "these works will contribute to reducing the carbon footprint. In total, the L11 line will become the great diagonal, expanding to 33.5 kilometres, connecting 11 of the 12 underground lines and the south with the north of the capital."
In addition to the new stations at Comillas and Madrid Río, three other interconnection stations will be built on existing lines: Palos de la Frontera with L3; Atocha with L1, Cercanías and AVE, and the aforementioned Conde de Casal with L6. In the latter, the project also includes the construction of a new transport interchange that will serve the A3 motorway corridor to link the south with the east of the Spanish capital.
This will triple the number of daily users of this line from 25,000 to 75,000, which will help to relieve the L6. In addition, Palos de la Frontera, Atocha and Conde de Casal stations will be refurbished to make them 100% accessible.
This new extension will directly connect the residents of the Carabanchel district with the Metro network in a more efficient way. Most of them will come from the area around the stations of Palos de la Frontera, Madrid Río and Conde de Casal. Likewise, those in the Comillas district are expected to add nearly 9,000 passengers per day by 2026.