The comprehensive modernization of the Metro de Ventas station (lines 2 and 5) is about to begin. The works, which will turn this space into a fully accessible place, have an execution period of 24 months. For this change of look, Metro has allocated a budget of more than 19 million euros.

Among the many changes that will be implemented are six new elevators, which will entail structural modifications. Or what is the same: the construction of new corridors, an emergency exit, a vestibule and new accesses to the station.

Work will also be done on replacing coatings, installations and obsolete technology with more modern units, which will facilitate future maintenance work. In this way, the drainage and sanitation network of the station will be expanded with new waterproofing systems and new electrical conduits will be installed.

Improvements will also be made such as the implementation of new intercoms and inductive loops to benefit communication processes between users with disabilities and station staff; public address systems will be renewed and new digital signage will be installed; and the platform and technical room cabins, as well as the communication and remote management processes of facilities, will also be improved.

Although one of the strengths of this modernization will be the rehabilitation of an old lobby that has been closed to the public since 1970. This work will be developed in parallel to the remodeling and accessibility works of the station itself, and is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Old lobby closed in 1970.

Once the restoration of the lobby is finished, it will become part of Platform Zero, joining the circuit of underground museums. Thus, it will be opened to the public in the same way as the Pacífico Engine Shed, the Caños del Peral museum, the Chamberí station, the exhibition of classic trains of Chamartín or the old lobby of the Pacífico station.

The Ventas station was opened on June 14, 1924 along with seven other stations. It was located in the area where it was intended to build the Plaza de Toros Monumental, which would finally be inaugurated in 1931. It consisted of a vestibule with two entrances located parallel to Calle de Alcalá – one of them being the one that was closed and will be rehabilitated – and a third next to the main door built in anticipation of the large number of travelers who would use the station on bullfighting days.

In 1964 this enclave lost its status as head station when the line was extended to Ciudad Lineal, a new section that would be integrated into line 5 in 1970.

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