The Barcelona metro promotes accessibility with the inauguration of an elevator at one of its stations

The Barcelona metro promotes accessibility with the inauguration of an elevator at one of its stations

Since last February 19, metro users began to enjoy a more comfortable and easier access at Plaça de Espanya station, where an elevator has been installed to facilitate the interchange between lines L1, L3 and Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC).

For four years, work was carried out to adapt the station’s accesses and make it accessible to people with reduced mobility.

The result is a new elevator that allows users to avoid stairs when changing lines, thus improving the travel experience for everyone. Although initially only one elevator will be in operation, it is planned to install another at a later date.

Plaça de Espanya station is a crucial node in Barcelona’s public transport system. In addition to being the starting point for nine FGC lines and having more than twenty bus lines running through it, it also connects the metro lines L1 and L3. Therefore, the accessibility of this station is essential to ensure the mobility of all citizens.

Elevator for easy access to stations

Although 93% of metro stops in Barcelona are adapted for people with reduced mobility, there are still key stations that have yet to be made accessible.

Plaça de Espanya was one such station, but with the installation of the elevator, an important step towards inclusion and equal access to public transport is being taken.

This initiative not only benefits people with physical disabilities, but also the elderly or those with temporary mobility problems.

Accessibility is a crucial aspect in the urban design of any city, and providing barrier-free access to public transport is essential to ensure the mobility and safety of citizens who use it on a daily basis.

Other projects and investments to improve access to the metro

In addition to the installation of the elevator at Plaça de Espanya, the Barcelona metro is also making other investments to improve accessibility at other stations.

For example, four new elevators are being installed in the Passeig de Gràcia tunnel, which will allow interchange between metro lines L2, L3 and L4. These improvements are part of an ongoing effort to make the Barcelona metro fully accessible to all.

The installation of the elevator at Plaça de Espanya station marks a significant milestone on the road to more inclusive and accessible public transport in Barcelona. With this improvement, it is being ensured that all people, regardless of their mobility, can enjoy the comfort and convenience of the city’s subway.

 

 

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