The Community of Madrid will invest €129 million in the comprehensive renovation of Line 6 of the Metro, which will make it possible to automate trains

La Comunidad de Madrid invertirá 129 millones de euros en la renovación integral de la Línea 6 de Metro que permitirá automatizar la circulación de trenes
The Regional Ministry for Housing, Transport and Infrastructure will publish the tender for the works in the next few days, which will begin in 2025. Automatic driving will make it possible to start a train in under two minutes, reducing waiting times and increasing passenger capacity per hour. In addition, the platform edges of the stations will be reinforced for the future installation of automatic doors to improve passenger safety. The work will be undertaken in two phases and during this time, users will be provided with a free bus service to cover the routes.

The Community of Madrid is going to invest €129 million in the comprehensive renovation of Metro line 6, works that will enable the introduction of automation in the running of trains. To this end, the Regional Ministry for Housing, Transport and Infrastructure will put this action out to public tender in the next few days, with work to begin in 2025.

Thus, L6 will become the first underground infrastructure to implement automatic driving, which will lead to a significant improvement in the quality of the service provided to users as, among other advantages, it will make it easier to start a train in under two minutes, reduce waiting times on the platform and increase the capacity of passengers per hour.

It will also reduce the number of incidents on the track and maintenance costs, save energy through more even acceleration and handling of trains, and facilitate a faster response to meet peak demand.

Moreover, automation represents the renewal of all signalling on the line and the installation of automatic doors on platforms to improve user safety.

The project for the comprehensive transformation of line 6 involves the modernisation of the most used infrastructure of the entire network, with more than 90 million trips recorded in the first six months of 2024 and an average of 400,000 passengers per day. It represents 16% of the total number of trips made in the whole of Metro de Madrid.  

Among the improvement actions to be undertaken are the replacement of the current sleepers with new concrete ones and the introduction of the latest technology; as well as the installation of rigid catenary in the Ciudad Universitaria depot, among others. The optimisation of the track layout and geometry and the implementation of innovative noise and vibration attenuation systems are also envisaged. This way, the L6 is preparing for the arrival of the new trains, the manufacture of which has recently been awarded, and which will mean the total renovation of the trains that cover the line.

SERVICE INTERRUPTION IN TWO PHASES

During the course of the work, the service will be interrupted in two phases. The first will take place between June and September 2025 in the southwest arc, between Moncloa and Méndez Álvaro. In the second, from September to December, the north-eastern section, between Moncloa and Legazpi, will be affected.  

Throughout this period, the Community of Madrid will provide citizens with free transport alternatives to cover the affected routes, and the underground will take into account the opinion of the users themselves through a survey to be carried out soon on the platforms.

La Comunidad de Madrid renovará integralmente la Línea 6

La Comunidad de Madrid renovará integralmente la Línea 6
La Comunidad de Madrid renovará integralmente la Línea 6
La Comunidad de Madrid renovará integralmente la Línea 6
La Comunidad de Madrid renovará integralmente la Línea 6