The Community of Madrid decorates Tribunal Metro station to pay tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Court of Auditors
The Community of Madrid has decorated the Tribunal Metro station (lines 1 and 10) in tribute of the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Court of Auditors, the supreme audit body for the economic management of the Spanish State and the public sector. Today, the Regional Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure, David Pérez, together with the President of the Court of Auditors, Enriqueta Chicano, have seen the illustrations that recreate a journey through the interior of this body, in which different characters explain what it is and what it does.
This way, more than 61,000 commuters will be able to find out more about its objectives and how it works. The station is one of the first eight to be opened in 1919 and is so named because of its proximity to the institution, as its headquarters are located at Fuencarral 81, next to one of the entrances to the underground.
The public railway company has decorated the vault and the side walls of the main escalator with large-format plastic strips. Users will be able to see open doors and windows representing the headquarters. On a uniform light-coloured background, passengers will be surrounded by numerical symbols and drawings related to calculation and will come across characters with messages such as: we care about the public, we control public spending, your money, we work for you and all democracies in the world have a Court of Auditors.
The phrase most present in the theme is We count for you, with the double meaning of numbers in relation to auditing and the relevance of being the leading authority for the external scrutiny of public spending. Users will also have at their disposal a QR code with which they can download a 90-second video explaining what the Court of Auditors is and what its duties are.
The station, which counted more than 4,450,000 entries in 2022, has been fully accessible since March 2021, when seven new lifts were installed. During the works, Metro also took the opportunity to place a reproduction of the Alegoría de la Villa de Madrid, one of Goya's paintings on display in the Madrid History Museum, also located near the stop.
METRO WITH A LOT OF CULTURE
The theme of the different underground stops has become a way of reinforcing the symbiosis between Madrid and Metro. An example of this is the Canal station which, since November 2022, pays tribute to the performing arts as a prelude to the Canal Theatres, or the Cuatro Vientos station (L10), which in October was decorated with a large mural commemorating the Madrid-Cuatro Vientos airport, in collaboration with the Air Force. Last year, the same was done at Islas Filipinas (L7) to celebrate the V Centenary of Magellan and Elcano's first round the world voyage, and in Casa de Campo, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Madrid Zoo Aquarium.
The Metro has many elements of cultural interest, from museums to murals, photographs, sculptures and even old trains. In addition, some stations reproduce great Spanish works, such as Plaza de España (L2, L3 and L1), the walls of which reproduce in full the book Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes; in Ríos Rosas (L1), which transcribes the work Fortunata y Jacinta by Benito Pérez Galdós; or Rubén Darío (L5), decorated with vignettes that the illustrious cartoonist dedicated to the Madrid underground throughout his career.