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Improving Mobility In The Madrid Metropolitan Area


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S. Carpintero & V. Maraña


This paper examines some of the most outstanding transport infrastructure projects implemented in the Madrid Metropolitan Area during the period 2003– 2007, namely: the multibillion refurbishment of the main urban orbital Madrid Calle 30; the construction of three new tram lines as part of a broader scheme that has entailed a total 58km extension of the underground network; the implementation of various intermodal transport interchanges; and, finally, the commissioning of a new railways tunnel connecting the city’s two main stations. The paper addresses the key aspects of these projects, such as the technical challenges encountered and their innovative procurement schemes. In most of the cases the projects have been implemented through Public Private Partnerships. Finally, the paper captures some conclusions drawn from these experiences that may be found of interest for other Public Bodies that aim at implementing successfully projects of similar size and complexity. These conclusions include the need of upfront planning, coordination of administrations, strong legal framework and adequate capabilities of stakeholders, including funders, sponsors, contractors and public administrations. Keywords: Madrid, PPP, intermodality, transport interchange, urban tram. 1 Introduction A considerable number of major transport infrastructures have been built in the metropolitan area of Madrid during the period 2003–2007 promoted by the various public administrations and entities which hold competencies in different aspects of the transport policy: planning, economics, construction, operation and/or maintenance. Spain, and in particular Madrid, stands currently at the forefront in the implementation of this type of project, as a result of the steady high levels of


Madrid, PPP, intermodality, transport interchange, urban tram.