The €200m extension will add three stations, interconnecting with the suburban rail EMT buses and the new electric bus rapid transit (BRT) line. The metro line will improve access to a number of public facilities, including a new under-construction emergency hospital, justice facilities and the expanded IFEMA exhibition centre. The €15m BRT line will be 3.6km long.

The first station will be located beside the existing Valdebebas station, which is served by C-1 and C-10 suburban services operating to Terminal 4 at Barajas airport. The other stations will serve the central and northern parts of the Valdebebas area.

The extension was announced on July 10 by the regional minister of transport, mobility and infrastructure of Madrid, Mr Ángel Garrido, during a visit to the under-construction headquarters for Metro Madrid beside Plaza de Castilla.

“Investment in public transport infrastructure benefits us all,” Garrido says. “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 headquarters consists of two adjacent structures that are seven stories and 12-stories high respectively, and will provide 24,000m2 of space when completed at the end of the year. The area around the building will form the new Integral Transport Centre, which will also be the site of the new metro control centre, Regional Transport Consortium headquarters and a transport museum.

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