ⓘ Metro Ligero


ⓘ Metro Ligero

The Metro Ligero is a light rail system in Madrid, Spain. It has three lines, totaling 27.8 kilometres, and 37 stations.


1.1. Lines Line ML-1

Line ML-1 opened between Pinar de Chamartin and Las Tablas on May 24, 2007, with 5.4 kilometres 3.4 mi and nine stations, five of which are underground. Both termini offer connections to lines of the Madrid Metro. The only above-ground stations are Antonio Saura, Alvarez de Villaamil, Palas del Rey, and Las Tablas. Line ML-1 serves the new neighbourhoods of Sanchinarro and Las Tablas, in the Fuencarral district.


1.2. Lines Line ML-2

Line ML-2 opened on July 27, 2007, between Colonia Jardin and Estacion de Aravaca in the neighbourhood of Aravaca, in the western communities of Boadilla del Monte and Pozuelo de Alarcon. It is 8.7 kilometres 5.4 mi long and has 13 stations, three of which are underground. They are Colonia Jardin, Somosaguas Sur, and Avenida de Europa. Line ML-2 also serves the Complutense University of Madrid. As part of the project, provision has been made for a future station at Prado de las Bodegas, which is subject to further development. The station will also provide a connection to the planned Metro Ligero Line ML-4, to Estacion de Las Rozas.


1.3. Lines Line ML-3

Line ML-3 also opened on July 27, 2007, between Colonia Jardin and Puerta de Boadilla, with 13.7 kilometres 8.5 mi and 15 stations, two of which are underground. The two are Colonia Jardin and Monteprincipe which is in an open cut between two separate tunnels. Line ML-3 serves Ciudad de la Imagen, an employment centre with an audiovisual theme, and ends in Boadilla del Monte. The first 50 to 75 metres 164 to 246 ft of track are shared with Line ML-2. As with Line ML-2, Line ML-3 serves the western suburbs of Madrid. Both lines are in a special fare zone designated as "Metro Ligero Oeste". Provision has been made for three additional stations on the line: Retamares Oeste, Ciudad Financiera Este, and Ciudad Financiera Oeste. None of the three are scheduled to open until further development takes place.


1.4. Lines Future projects

  • A tramway is also proposed for the southern suburb of Valdemoro, which would connect the Cercanias railway station and the Infanta Elena Hospital. Both were expected to open by 2011.
  • Lines ML-2 and ML-3 are expected to be extended from Colonia Jardin to Aluche by 2020.
  • A new Metro Ligero line, Line ML-4, is proposed from the new station Prado de las Bodegas on Line ML-2 to Estacion de Las Rozas, with a connection to Cercanias trains. The line would serve the Hospital Puerta de Hierro. Construction of the 14.3 km 8.9 mi, 24 station route is currently underway.

2. Rolling stock

The three Metro Ligero lines are operated by a fleet of 70 low-floor Alstom Citadis model 302 trams. Unlike the Madrid Metro, trams operate on the right. The trams have a maximum speed of 70 km/h 43 mph and are capable of carrying 200 passengers, 54 seated. They are currently assembled into 30-metre 98 ft train-sets, but are designed so that they can be expanded to 45 metres 148 ft in the future.

The Citadis 302 model as used on the Metro Ligero is similar to those used by the Parla Tram in the southern suburb of Parla. However, those used on the Metro Ligero are painted red and blue, while the trams used in Parla are lime green.

Car 153 was loaned to Buenos Aires starting in 2008 for use on the Tranvia del Este demonstration tram service at Puerto Madero.

In May 2009, six 165-170 were sold to TransAdelaide for use on the Glenelg line in Adelaide, Australia. In December 2017, Adelaide received a further three 150, 154, 155.