The Community of Madrid will extend the Metro network by 9 kilometres to further improve public transport
The Community of Madrid will extend the Metro network by 8.9 kilometres in 2024 to continue improving and modernising public transport. Next year's General Budget Act, approved today by the Governing Council, includes an allocation of €187 million for the extension works on suburban lines 3 and 11.
Firstly, the regional government will invest €45.1 million to link the Villaverde Alto station (L3) with the El Casar station in Getafe (MetroSur). The work is scheduled for completion in 2024 and will provide the five municipalities it connects (Móstoles, Fuenlabrada, Leganés, Alcorcón and Getafe) with a second direct access to the centre of Madrid, in addition to the existing one from Puerta del Sur (Alcorcón) via Line 10.
Suburban lines 3 and 12 had more than 96 million passengers in 2022. Once this link is operational, the one million inhabitants of these towns in the south of the region will be able to reach Puerta del Sol from Getafe in just half an hour and without transfers. This is financed with European Next Generation funds.
In addition, next year's public accounts also foresee €141.9 million for the extension of 6.3 kilometres of Line 11 between Plaza Elíptica and Conde de Casal. The new Line 11, with a total budget of €500 million, is a very ambitious and necessary infrastructure that will connect the north and south of the capital and will reconfigure transport in the eastern arc of the city of Madrid, distributing more evenly the passengers who currently travel on Line 6, which it will also connect to.
INVESTMENT TO RESTORE NORMALITY IN SAN FERNANDO
On the other hand, the Draft Budget of the Community of Madrid for 2024 contemplates more than €63 million to continue helping the families affected by Line 7B, covering the costs of rent, transport and maintenance until the compensation files are resolved, while continuing the work of consolidation and stabilisation of the tunnel and the land, and undertaking the required tasks to restore normality to the affected area.
They also include an allocation of €48 million for the purchase of 80 new Metro trains, the biggest operation to renew the underground fleet in its history, which will require, in total, more than €1,000 million in investment to modernise public transport and provide it with greater quality.