Metro de Madrid invests in maintenance and seeks new revenuemaking opportunities

24 October 2014  •  Author(s): Ignacio González Velayos, Chief Executive, Metro de Madrid

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After completing its biggest ever expansion in its history during the 2003-2007 legislature with the construction of 80km of new network and 90 new stations, Metro de Madrid is now directing its efforts in maintaining a modern and quality metro network – essential to this plan is, of course, effective investment in network maintenance. For Eurotransport, Metro de Madrid’s Chief Executive, Ignacio González Velayos, explains that the company has multiplied investment in track maintenance by four since 2011, plus provides details of different revenue-making opportunities which can be invested back into maintenance plans.

Metro de Madrid has multiplied investment in track maintenance by four during the period 2011-2014, going from an investment figure of €5.89 million to the almost €22 million that will be invested by the end of 2014.

As the Metro’s Chief Executive, I am pleased and proud at the way our network has been managed over the last few years; our rolling stock (with an average age of 13 years) have achieved their best availability figures seen in recent years, and work carried out on our tracks – either rail renewals or changes – have included the latest generation of equipment helping to guarantee the safety of the network, plus the use of an ultrasound detection system which detects track-problems before they arise.

During the course of 2014, repair work will also be carried out on the metro’s sealing systems, which are a common concern in all metro networks and represent a major item in the schedule of maintenance tasks. It is planned to replace deteriorated sealing systems with new ones at stations including, amongst others: Sainz de Baranda; O’Donnell; Méndez Álvaro; Buenos Aires; and Diego de León.

The outlay on maintenance has been a key factor in the reduction of operating problems occurring on the network. From 2008 to 2013, the number of maintenance events occurring in Metro de Madrid dropped by over 40%. There has therefore been a reduction in train operating problems of 52% and of 26% and 40% in traffic and installations events, respectively. These are figures that are maintaining their downward trend, as so far this year there has been a drop of 44% over the same period in 2008, or 5.3% compared with last year (2013).

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