MARCH 13 saw the inauguration of services on a 1·2 km extension of Madrid Metro Line 7 from Avenida de América to Gregorio Marañón, built at a cost of Pts3·7bn. The new section forms the first part of a 9·5 km extension west across the city centre and then northwest to Pitis, which is due to be completed throughout by the early part of next year.

Gregorio Marañón is destined to become a key interchange in the Spanish capital’s network, connecting two major cross-city corridors. It links the east-west Line 7 with Line 10, which became a north-south artery as recently as January 22, when it was extended from Alonso Martínez to Nuevos Ministerios to take over the former Line 8 to Fuencarral.

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