The works for Madrid metro Line 3 extension have been approved by the City’s Regional Government on August 3, 2021, with a EUR 120 million estimated investment.
The authorities have launched the tender which covers the construction of a 2.5 km underground extension from Villaverde Alto to El Casar de Getafe where the station will be constructed as an intermodal terminal.
The works are expected to start in January 2022 and are scheduled to be completed within 24 months.
The extension of will provide a connection with the Line 12 and the Cercanías suburban train system. To date, Line 12 of MetroSur is only connected with the rest of the underground at Puerta del Sur station on the Line 10 on a circular line that links five municipalities over its total length of 41 km. El Casar station, in Getafe, will become the second connection between MetroSur and the capital’s underground, which will be an intermodal station that will connect Lines 3 and 12 of the underground, and the Cercanías-Renfe suburban railway that links Aranjuez with Atocha, Sol and the north of the capital.
At the El Casar station, a car park above ground will be constructed providing more than 500 parking spaces, which will become part of the Aparca-T parking network, free of charge for public transport users. In addition, spaces to charge electric vehicles will be also provided. This is one of the main challenges of the municipality to support the reduction of the carbon footprint by reducing the use of private vehicles, boosting quality public transport in the metropolitan area of the south of the region.
The entire project could receive funding under the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the Economy through the Regional Department for Transport and Infrastructures.
The extension will provide a new alternative to travel into the metropolitan area of the city of Madrid, not just to residents of Getafe, but also to the rest of the large municipalities in the south of the city, such as Alcorcón, Móstoles, Fuenlabrada and Leganés.
The extension of the Madrid metro Line 3 will also allow the different urban and intercity bus lines from Getafe to be reorganised to facilitate intermodality in the municipality. It will also improve the connectivity of Getafe and its extension to the east, tied in to the urban development of Los Molinos, which is currently well underway.
More than 1 million users from the south of the city will be able to benefit from greater intermodality and better connections between the different modes of transport to facilitate their daily journeys.