Plans have been presented to improve access to the future Olympic Village which will be based in San Blas, Madrid. The Regional Government will carry out the 3.3 km expansion of metro line 7. The M-201, will join Coslada and the M-40 (ring road) to the Olympic Stadium.
Line 7 will reach the proposed Olympic Ring and Village. 3 new stations will be built, one of them at La Peineta, which will be close to the Stadium of Madrid. ‘It is a very important station as it will be ferrying large numbers of people in the shortest time possible,’ explained Granados. To achieve this 6 trains will always be ready for immediate departure. It will have disability access, wider stairs and platforms. Access to the station will be via Las Musas and the Olympic Park.
As Francisco Granados explained, ‘the line will also reach the new residential areas in the Eastern part of the city, home to the proposed Olympic Village. Two further stations are planned. One of them will serve as an interchange for the urban trains. Work is due to begin in September and will last 2 years.
Work on the M-201 has already begun and is due to finish by March 2005. It will serve as the main road joining Madrid to the Olympic Ring and Village, linking Coslada to the M-40. It will also provide access to future urban developments in the area.
Granados said that both infrastructures are aimed to ease access to the Olympic Park. He pointed out it was fundamental for Madrid´s bid effort to have pre-planned all its infrastructure.’
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