Going underground in Barcelona

Nick Myall
Thursday 11 Feb 2016

thyssenkrupp transforms the passenger experience in Barcelona's metro stations with intelligent elevators and escalators

On the eve of the Mobile World Congress (12 February), Barcelona Metro inaugurated 15 stations with the commissioning of Barcelona Metro Line 9 linking Zona Universitaria Station with Terminal 1 at El Prat Airport.

thyssenkrupp was selected by Infraestructures de la Generalitat de Catalunya to provide and install intelligent vertical and horizontal transportation equipment for the new metro stations. The new line is now one of the most efficient in the world, addressing the mobility of passengers inside the stations with the same care as in-between stations.

The Barcelona metro line will be one of the longest underground lines in Europe. With a length of 47.8 kms with 52 stations, Line 9 lines up with Moscow Metro’s Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya Line 3 (44.3 km), Madrid Metro’s Line 12 (41 km) and London Underground’s Northern Line (57.6 km).

The 128 escalators and 52 elevators installed in the 15 new stations complement the over 600 escalators and elevators already installed on Line 9. thyssenkrupp will also be responsible for the service of the new units. All elevators and escalators feature an intelligent, machine learning control system enabling real time information on any situation of the stations. This control system learns in accordance with rush hours, arrival of the trains and the number of passengers in order to optimise the movement of elevators. It therefore contributes to increased service quality and reduced energy consumption.

 “We are proud to have contributed to this important project,” says Jorge Estévez, CEO of thyssenkrupp Elevator in Spain, “by providing cutting-edge technology for the entrances to this line, which at some points circulates at a depth of 90 metres.”

Line 9 connects the airport with the eastern areas of the city, and also has stations close to various public services such as the university, hospitals, tourist attractions, Camp Nou Stadium and the Fira de Barcelona trade show facilities in l'Hospitalet. The new stations are prepared to take on large influxes of people, with close to 30m passengers estimated to travel annually along this route. In addition, these innovative entrances have been adapted for people with reduced mobility thanks to modern escalators and cutting-edge elevators designed by thyssenkrupp.

Nick Myall

News Editor

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