Madrid transport network to be expanded with €215 million package
Posted: 16 July 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
€200 million is being allocated to extend the Madrid Metro network and €15 million has been dedicated to developing a bus rapid transit (BRT) system for the northeast region of Madrid.
The Community of Madrid has announced that it will build three new stations in the Metro network extension to Valdebebas. The planned branch will run for 4.5 kilometres, with an investment of €200 million.
The project aims to allow the Madrid underground to meet the mobility needs of the area’s residents and guarantee access to important public facilities, such as the Emergency Hospital, the future development of the City of Justice and the expansion of IFEMA.
Investment in the Metro extension is one of the measures included in the Community of Madrid’s Reactivation Plan submitted by the regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, last May. The first of the new Metro stations in Valdebebas will be adjacent to the current Cercanias station and will also act as an interchange with the EMT and with a new electric bus rapid transit (BRT) system – a system with a reserved priority platform that will serve the residents of Valdebebas.
Regional Minister of Transport, Mobility and Infrastructure of the Community of Madrid, Ángel Garrido, pointed out that this “redesign of the public transport offer” in the northeast area of the city of Madrid will be completed with the implementation of this “pioneering project” and will provide major improvements for travelling around Madrid.
The BRT line will be 3.6 kilometres long, will have traffic light priority at intersections and will entail an investment of approximately €15 million. “With this Mobility Plan for the northeast area of Madrid we guarantee that all the major facilities in the city have an intermodal public transport service,” Garrido said.
The Minister highlighted that the investments planned to expand Metro and implement new facilities will act as a fundamental element for economic reactivation post COVID-19. “Investment in public transport infrastructure benefits us all. It contributes to the economic recovery, promotes the mobility of citizens, which is directly linked to Gross Domestic Product, and drives the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions,” the Minister added.