The Ayuso Government is contemplating extending the works till 2026 as a result of “serious structural risk” of line 7B, which it has been conscious of since 2020 | Madrid News | EUROtoday

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The Government of the Community of Madrid doesn’t rule out having to take care of the works till 2026 to attempt to resolve “the serious structural risk” that impacts Metro line 7B, the place the part that connects San Fernando with the Hospital del Henares has been closed for nearly two years as a result of it’s slowly collapsing. This is said in a contract awarded in June for 4.3 million euros to cowl that route with buses “due to the continuation of the works [en el suburbano]which are to be carried out in 2024, 2025, and 2026.” The agreement, which lasts two years and can be extended until 2027, can also be cancelled early because the work has been completed, says a government spokesperson. The work, however, is progressing slowly. Although the Administration has known since 2020 that the Metro tunnel is in a “serious” state due to ground movements caused by the entry of water, according to a report accessed by EL PAÍS, the problem has even worsened, leaving the infrastructure “in serious instability” and causing the eviction of almost 200 residents to demolish 73 apartments in buildings that have lost their footing.

“It can be assumed that the factor causing the pathologies [que afectan a la infraestructura] “It is the ground water that soaks the backfills of the tray walls and those of the false tunnel that leads to the cul-de-sac,” reads the document that the Community has had for four years, and which specifies the processes that trigger this accumulation. “It produces thrusts on the backfills of the tray walls that, added to those of the backfills, can explain the deformations (collapses) that are observed in them,” it lists. “It induces thrusts due to subpressure under the bottom slab on a seasonal basis.” [dependiendo de que llueva]”, he continues. He recommends a sequence of corrective measures that haven’t but been absolutely applied.

This is the conclusion of the platform of affected residents: “In our opinion, this means that they have had a clearly diagnosed problem for four years, and nothing has been done.”

The Administration claims that it has already carried out three campaigns to consolidate the land with cement injections on greater than 10,000 sq. meters of floor space, and argues that it used this 2020 report to organize a complete plan value 122 million that’s being “done right now in a staggered manner.”

The admission that the options proposed 4 years in the past haven’t been addressed suddenly, however step-by-step, explains why it has taken, for instance, 4 years to place out to tender the works proposed to enhance the exterior drainage of the Henares Station, from the place water seeps into the subsoil, which has precipitated a complete of 9 closures in simply over 15 years of the infrastructure's life (for a complete of greater than 1,000 days with out trains operating on any of its sections).

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What has begun in June is the waterproofing and consolidation work on the again of the tunnel between San Fernando de Henares and the Hospital del Henares, which is able to final seven months. In addition, on the finish of July a second part of the road (Barrio del Puerto-San Fernando) might be closed for upkeep and consolidation work that can final 9 months, affecting the 120,000 inhabitants of the municipalities of Coslada and San Fernando, with the goal of attempting to place an finish to an issue brought on by the work to construct the infrastructure, which facilitated the entry of water into the subsoil.

And what does this trigger? The extraordinarily soluble floor strikes when the water comes into contact with the salt that mixes it. This, in flip, causes a double earthquake. On the one hand, it places strain on the Metro tunnel, which is “in a state of serious structural instability”; which causes “a serious danger to people and property” alongside the route, based on a doc collected on the regional contracting portal on the event of a brand new 34 million contract to attempt to separate the development from the water. On the opposite hand, it causes the buildings on the floor to lose their footing, inflicting structural harm that has pressured the demolition of 73 houses and the evacuation of virtually 200 residents.

Almost 9 million in compensation

As a consequence, the Community has already needed to pay 8,861,000 euros in compensation for the harm to three premises, 27 parking areas and 34 houses, based on data obtained by this newspaper underneath the transparency legislation. There are nonetheless 12 circumstances already processed to be paid and one other 59 are nonetheless within the processing section. Of all these affected, solely 25 have proven their settlement with the compensation obtained, which predicts authorized motion to enhance the quantity paid.

Meanwhile, the works proceed, the 7b has had a piece closed for 2 years, and its closure is not dominated out, as admitted by the Minister of Transport, Jorge Rodrigo. After Ángel Garrido and David Pérez, that is the third particular person accountable to face the issue. The ministers cross, however the residents stay locked of their nightmare. Without a home, or Metro. Perhaps, within the case of the underground, till 2026, based on public documentation. Although within the Administration no person provides certainty both means.

“The contract for the substitute bus service [que es el que precisa esa fecha] The agreement will be valid for two years, whenever necessary, as it has been until now,” mentioned a authorities spokesman. In truth, the settlement states that “it may be terminated early for reasons of general interest.” But at this time nobody is able to specify when the works might be completed, or if the trains will as soon as once more run underground in San Fernando de Henares. This was said by a authorities supply who is aware of the ins and outs of the issue: it’s not clear that the works that at the moment are starting would be the definitive ones.

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