The gymkhana of returning to work in Madrid at the end of the holidays

Leaving the beach or the house in town is always hard. But it can be even more so if, on the first day of work, he gets into a monumental traffic jam to find the usual route cut by works. Madrid has several actions underway that affect its tracks and some Metro lines. This is a guide to some of the difficulties citizens may come across when they return from their summer break, and how to avoid them.

There are several works underway on the M-30. On the one hand, there are the works in the surroundings of what was the Vicente Calderon Stadium, where the M-30 is closed to traffic in the section between the Toledo and San Isidro bridges at night (from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.) from Monday to Thursday, until September 2. In addition, the access of the A-3 to the ‘bypass’ and its northern tube (direction A-3 to Pirámides) will also be closed to traffic during the same hours, for the transport of beams to the works area.

Also being rehabilitated, since July 14, the La Lira Bridgethat crosses the M-30 on foot and by bicycle from Moratalaz to the Barrio de La Estrella. The reform will last five months, and implies the closure to the traffic of pedestrians and cyclists. They will have an alternative to the Puente de la Estrella -better known as the “broken heart”.

Meter keeps line 6 between Sainz de Baranda and Nuevos Ministerios cut off, to carry out work to remove asbestos and improve accessibility. This affects the stations of O’Donnell, Manuel Becerra, Diego de León and Avenida de América, while the two at the ends will be open and it will be possible to transfer to take other lines. The EMT has launched a special bus service to connect both stations, leaving from Doctor Esquerdo 105 (in the Nuevos Ministerios direction) and Paseo de la Castellana 100 (in the Sainz de Baranda direction).

Line 7B, between the San Fernando de Henares and Hospital del Henares stations, has also been cut again since August 24 and with no scheduled date for its return to service. There is a special bus service that covers this route.

The comprehensive renovation of Alcalá Street, between Quintana and Arturo Soria, is also continuing. The work will last ten months.

Works at the Santiago Bernabéu

Works also continue around the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium: drivers will find the area, in a matter of cuts and detours, just as they left it. The works will continue until the beginning of 2023.

Until September 5, traffic on the Raimundo Fernández Villaverde bridge is closed in both directions, due to repair and conditioning works. In the next phase of the work -which will take place between midnight on September 5 and midnight on September 16, 2022- the lane next to the central reservation will be closed to traffic in both directions.

There are cuts and diversions also due to the demolition works of the Pedro Bosch bridge. And don’t forget Operation Asphalt, which is still going on.

The great work of north junction of the M-30 keep going. Work continues on the future underpass from the M-30 to divert to the A-1, and the calculation is to have everything finished by the end of November, after 22 long months in action. Traffic has never been cut off, but there have been detours and different alternative routes.

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