Line 8 (Madrid Metro)
Line 8 of the Madrid Metro opened between Mar de Cristal and Campo de las Naciones (now Feria de Madrid) on 24 June 1998. An extension to Barajas via Madrid Airport was opened in 1999 and in 2002 an extension to Nuevos Ministerios and Colombia opened. Originally this line was a small-profile line, but in 2002 it became a large rolling stock line. The line uses 4-car versions of class 8000 trains. In 2007 an intermediate station called Pinar del Rey opened between Colombia and Mar de Cristal, as did an extension to the new Terminal 4 of Madrid Airport.
|Opened||24 June 1998|
|Rolling stock||CAF 8000|
|Line length||16.467 km (10.232 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,445 mm (4 ft 8 7⁄8 in)|
The line was temporarily closed for renovation from 26 January to 12 April 2017.
The old Line 8Edit
As part of network extension plans in the 1970s, the construction of a north-south line along the Castellana-Recoletos-Prado axis originating in Fuencarral and headed toward Madrid Atocha and further to the south was initiated. The southern stretch toward Carabanchel is now the current Line 11. From this project the construction of the section between Fuencarral and Nuevos Ministerios which opened on 9 June 1982 on the occasion of the celebration of the World Cup in Spain began, as the line gave service to Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.
Given the economic difficulties of the Metro in the 70s and 80s, the rest of the project from the original Line 8 was discarded, and instead only tunnel that connected via line 8 to line 7 is enabled. This way, on Tuesday December 23, 1986, the extension of line 8 from Nuevos Ministerios and Americas Avenue was opened
The project developed between 1995 and 1998 to merge lines 8 10 by building a tunnel between Alonso Martínez and Nuevos Ministerios, left down the stretch Nuevos Ministerios - Avenida de America. Subsequently, on 10 December 1996 the tunnel was opened, after which the line 8 disappeared to lease its infrastructure to line 10. To make this possible, it was necessary to install the platforms projections because, since then, the stretch began to exploit narrow gauge trains.
|Aeropuerto T4||2007||A||Cercanías Madrid:|
|Feria de Madrid||1998||A|
|Mar de Cristal||1998||A||Madrid Metro:|
|Pinar del Rey||2007||A|
|Nuevos Ministerios||2002||A||Madrid Metro: |
Future of Line 8Edit
Plans exist to extend Line 8 in the future beyond Nuevos Ministerios. Projected stops are:
A date for this extension has not yet been given, as it is only in the planning stage. An additional station called Corralejos is planned to be built between Feria de Madrid and Aeropuerto T1-T2-T3, where transfer to the planned line 5 extension will be made.
- Barqueros, Isidro (2011-12-07). "El transporte que no fue (9): La ampliación sur de la línea 8". ecomovilidad.net (in Spanish). Retrieved 2019-09-05.
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