The Community of Madrid activates the special Metro Christmas programme for the festive season with a 50% increase in the number of trains
The Community of Madrid is activating the special Metro Christmas programme from tomorrow until 8 January with an increase of up to 50% in the number of trains on some lines and reinforcement of staff at the most central stations. This operation will help to improve the mobility of users on dates when there is an increase in the number of trips for leisure, shopping and different celebrations.
The increase in convoys will affect lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 on weekdays, and especially on Fridays and weekends. The underground will increase the number of trains between 9.30 am and closing time, but this will be particularly noticeable during peak travel times to shopping and leisure areas, mainly in the evenings. Therefore, in some cases the increase will be up to 33% on weekdays and 50% on Saturdays and Sundays.
There will also be special support at these times with station and security staff at stops near shopping and entertainment areas. Most of the passenger flows on the holidays take place in the most central areas of the Spanish capital such as Ópera, Sol, Callao, Gran Vía, Sevilla, Tirso de Molina, Príncipe Pío, Banco de España, Santo Domingo, Serrano, Goya, Plaza de España, Lavapiés, Chueca, Nuevos Ministerios and Tribunal.
On the evening of 31 December and 5 January, on the occasion of the San Silvestre race, New Year's Eve and the Three Kings' Parade, the service on the lines affected by these events will be reinforced with an increased number of drivers, station staff members and security guards.
This year, and at the request of the Municipal Police, trains will not stop and it will not be possible to access Sol station on 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 30, 31 December, as well as 5 and 7 January, between 6 pm and 9 pm.
In addition, on the occasion of the pre-grapes and New Year's Eve chimes, the closure of the bus stop will also be extended after 9 pm on 30 December, while on 31 December it will be closed from 11.30 am to 12.30 pm and after 9 pm.
There will also be a change in Metro de Madrid's timetables on Christmas Eve, when the service will end at 9.30 pm, while on Christmas it will open two hours later (at 8 am) and on New Year's Eve one hour later than usual (at 7 am).