The Community of Madrid to remove asbestos from the platforms of Avenida de América station on Metro Line 7
The Community of Madrid will remove asbestos from the platforms of Avenida de América station on Metro Line 7. The temporary suspension of the service will take place between 3 and 18 December –when the work will take place– and will not affect the rest of the lines (4, 6 and 9), which will operate normally.
This way, Gregorio Marañón and Cartagena stations will become the head of line for each of the sections. Passengers affected will be able to benefit from a special replacement bus service, at no extra cost, which will cover the route between Cartagena and Avenida de América. The Madrid railway company will carry out the works in the platform vaults, a task that is incompatible with the service and the passing of trains.
The Madrid underground network's Asbestos Removal Plan, which began in 2018 and is scheduled to end in 2028, has an investment of €170 million, of which more than €62 million have already been committed. Since its launch, over a hundred contracts have been tendered to remove this element from trains and facilities. In 2021, the railway company was registered in the Register of Companies at Risk of Asbestos (Registro de Empresas con Riesgo de Amianto, RERA) in order to have a qualified internal team to work with elements containing this material, although the actual removal work is carried out by specialised external companies.
This action is part of the overall project to modernise and improve the accessibility of Avenida de América station, with an investment of €38 million. It also includes the installation of ten lifts, connecting the platforms of the different lines that converge and with the bus interchange, as well as with the entrances to the street at both ends.