Madrid underground’s Line 8 renovation set to commence in February 2022
By undertaking the renovation, Metro de Madrid will improve quality levels and increase stability on the underground line between Colombia and Mar de Cristal stations.
Credit: Metro de Madrid
Metro de Madrid has announced that the Regional Government of Madrid will begin renovation works on Line 8 of the Madrid underground, between Colombia and Mar de Cristal stations, on 12 February 2022. With a budget of €5.3 million, the project is due to be completed around approximately 30 May 2022.
The construction work will consist of the comprehensive renovation of the track bed, which will involve suspending the train service between the two stations, although users may change trains at both stations and take another underground line to continue with their journey. The only station that will remain completely closed to passengers during this time will be Pinar del Rey.
The works to improve the track bed and the drainage system will lead to the removal of the existing speed restrictions on this stretch; improve quality levels and increase stability; and reduce the duration of journeys, thus ensuring lower maintenance costs.
With the aim of minimising the disruption caused by these works for passengers and reducing their wider impact, workers will work in several shifts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Once the construction work is completed and the stations re-opened, work will be performed to replace ramps and make final finishes and adjustments for a period of one month, although these actions will not affect train movements.
Furthermore, to guarantee mobility in the area, the Regional Transport Consortium of Madrid will provide a special bus service, at no additional cost for users, on the stretch affected.
A line of 10 buses will operate from 12 February to 30 May 2022, covering the stretch between Colombia and Mar de Cristal stations, with a frequency of between three and four minutes. Users will also be able to use Line 87 of EMT Madrid to travel around the area affected. If required, this line will enjoy an increased service, dependant on user demand.