PROPOSALS to build a further 68 km of metro lines in the Spanish capital, taking the network to over 300route-km, were unveiled by the Consorcio de Transportes de Madrid at the end of August. The strategic plan for 2003-10 focuses mainly on the northern and eastern parts of the city.

Together with the lines under construction, the extra 50 km of tunnelled route and 18 km of surface tracks would ensure at least one station in every district throughout the capital.

The short Line 11 in the southern suburbs would be extended both north and south, serving the main line stations at Atocha and Chamartín. Line 5 would be projected from Canillejas to Barajas Airport, and Line 1 extended to serve the growing suburb of Vallecas. Line 7 would continue east from Las Musas to Coslada and San Fernando de Henares, and Line 10 would be pushed north from Fuencarral to new towns at Monte Carmelo and Sanchinarro.

In addition, a surface light rail line would connect the municipalities of Pozuelo, Majadahonda, Las Rozas, Boadilla, Villanueva de la Cañada and Villaviciosa de Odón with the Line 10 station at Puerta de Bat