Metro de Madrid - Articles and news items

Metro Madrid’s innovative infrastructure inspection machine

Issue 6 2016  •  30 November 2016  •  Rubén Muñoz García, Project Manager, Metro de Madrid

Following several years of suffering the impact of the economic crisis on business activity – clearly illustrated by the drop in user demand and required budgetary adjustments – Metro Madrid has persisted in its efforts to remain the preferential mobility option in the Madrid region. The following article by Rubén Muñoz García, Project Manager at Metro de Madrid, explains how the company has rallied to achieve great results despite the economic setbacks of recent years.

Carrying CBTC data over a public LTE network: fact or fiction?

Issue 6 2015, Transport Extra  •  8 December 2015  •  Carlos Rodríguez Sánchez & Juan Moreno García-Loygorri

For Eurotransport, Metro de Madrid colleagues Carlos Rodríguez Sánchez and Juan Moreno García-Loygorri, take a look at the feasibility of carrying Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) data over a Long-Term Evolution (LTE) network. CBTC data is mostly critical, but most of the services carried over mobile networks, like LTE, are absolutely not critical. This article1 […]

Metro de Madrid invests in maintenance and seeks new revenuemaking opportunities

Issue 5 2014  •  24 October 2014  •  Ignacio González Velayos, Chief Executive, Metro de Madrid

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…

Improving the blast resilience of rail vehicles

Issue 1 2014  •  3 March 2014  •  Jean-Luc Bruyelle, El-Miloudi El-Koursi, Amaury Flancquart, IFFSTAR Richard Seddon, Tecnalia; Conor O'Neill, NewRail; Antonio De Santiago Laport, Metro de Madrid

In recent years, terrorist attacks on metro systems have noticeably increased, as illustrated for instance by the Paris, Madrid, and London attacks. These dramatic events have raised concern regarding the ability to increase the efficiency of the management of similar crises in order to reduce the number and gravity of the victims, as well as easing the organisa – tional efficiency in order to resume service quickly and avoid societal disruption. Indeed, several efforts aim at improving the resilience of the metro coaches to achieve the following three main goals…

Metros supplement

Issue 2 2013, Supplements  •  25 April 2013  •  Ignacio González Velayos, Maj Theander

Metro de Madrid: Crucial to the backbone of mobility (Ignacio González Velayos, CEO, Metro de Madrid)
EIB supports European metro network developments (Maj Theander, Director of the Mobility Department, European Investment Bank)

Geothermal energy as an alternative energy for underground transport

Issue 4 2010  •  19 August 2010  •  Manuel Bravo Puente, Coordinator of Energy Installations in Civil Works, Metro de Madrid

The use of underground geothermal energy, as shown through the practical demonstration in the installations at Pacifico station of the Madrid Metro, makes it possible to heat and cool underground spaces, reducing energy consumption, CO2 emissions and machine maintenance by more than 40%.

We can begin by saying that tunnels, by their very configuration, already act as geothermal exchangers; temperatures in tunnels would remain uniform with small variations year round, if they were not altered by the heat load generated inside them by train traffic, electrical and electronic equipment, lighting, and passengers.

The rolling stock operated by Metro de Madrid

Issue 4 2009, Past issues  •  20 September 2009  •  Manuel González Márquez, Department of New Rolling Stock, Metro de Madrid

Metro de Madrid has grown significantly in the last 15 years, from a network of 121km in 1995 to the current 283km. The fleet of rolling stock operated by the company has also grown in parallel, from 1,076 wagons in 1995 to the current 2,281.

The detail of trends in the rolling stock operated by Metro de Madrid over recent years can be seen in Table 1.