The Community of Madrid celebrates the 20th anniversary of Metrosur with a tribute to the five municipalities through which it runs

Attendees at the event at Puerta del Sur station
Minister Pérez participated today in the commemoration ceremony, together with the former regional president who inaugurated it in 2003, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón. The Underground line 12 saw its main stations decorated and there was also a convoy decorated with a decal to commemorate the event. This large ring in the south of the region runs through Leganés, Alcorcón, Móstoles, Getafe and Fuenlabrada, with an average of almost 200,000 users per day. Its 28 stations are distributed over a length of 40 kilometres. Over these 20 years, more than 90 million kilometres have been travelled (117 times the round trip to the moon) and 907 million trips have been made

Today, the Community of Madrid celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the inauguration of Metrosur, line 12 (L12) of the underground line that runs through the municipalities of Leganés, Alcorcón, Móstoles, Getafe and Fuenlabrada, with new theming and surprises for passengers. The Regional Minister of Transport and Infrastructures, David Pérez, and the former regional president Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, who inaugurated this extension in 2003, have gone to Puerta del Sur station, after getting on the train at Alcorcón Central, in the train that has the names of the towns through which it runs.

To mark the occasion, the platforms and lobbies of some of the main L12 stations –Leganés Central, Alcorcón Central, Móstoles Central, Getafe Central, Fuenlabrada Central and Puerta del Sur–, have been decorated with decals showing some general information about the 20 years of history of this route. More specific information has also been added for each municipality, such as the number of passengers per day or some points of interest in the area that can be reached by public transport.

Metrosur has always been at the forefront and has been a pioneer in the implementation of some of the most important innovations that have been made in the network in recent years, for example, the move to the commercial supervisor model. As a novelty, the new smart turnstiles already in operation on Gran Vía will be installed at some L12 stations between this year and 2024, such as Juan de la Cierva, El Carrascal, Conservatorio, Casa del Reloj, Getafe Central, Alonso de Mendoza, Los Espartales and Hospital Severo Ochoa. The installation of this equipment will be carried out in a first phase in 32 stations, 25% of which belong to this large ring in the south of the region.

These access turnstiles have a more intuitive interface and a display that provides the user with information on validating their ticket using graphics and text, as well as audio warnings and LED lighting at the gates, a contactless reader and on the floor it informs the passenger of the result of the validation. This equipment has been patented by the Madrid railway company with the aim of making access to public transport easier and more comfortable for passengers.

From its inauguration to the present day, the trains that run on Metrosur have travelled more than 90 million kilometres, which is equivalent to 117 times the round trip to the moon. In addition, 907 million trips have been made, which, comparatively speaking, would be 19 times the population of Spain. In fact, its stations have been the fastest to recover passenger demand after the pandemic, and currently have a daily average of 188,800 users, above pre-COVID values.

A BIT OF HISTORY

The 28 Metrosur stations, distributed along a length of more than 40 kilometres, were inaugurated on 11 April 2003 and represented a major milestone in the history of the Madrid underground, as they connected the municipalities of Alcorcón, Fuenlabrada, Getafe, Leganés and Móstoles with each other and with the centre of Madrid.

The project was one of the largest civil engineering works of its time and involved an investment of 1.64 billion euros. It was designed with the intention of linking the south of the region with the capital, through the interconnection with Cercanías Renfe and the extension of line 10 to Puerta del Sur. Work began in June 2000 and was completed 30 months later.

David Perez, consejero de Transportes e Infraestructura

20th anniversary of Metrosur

Attendees at the event in front of a poster commemorating the anniversary.
Attendees at the event at Puerta del Sur station
Attendees at the event in front of a 20th anniversary vintage train.
Attendees at the event at Puerta del Sur station