Within the program improvement and renovation of elevators and escalators Metrovalencia stations and next Monday, November 7, work will begin to replace the three lifts at Benimaclet station.
In the case of this action, the start of these works has been advanced by Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat (FGV), due to the continuous outages that had been caused in recent months due to water infiltration and the rise of the water table, caused by the heavy rains that fell in the spring and which affect the pits of the escalators and elevators.
In parallel with the renovation work on this equipment, scheduled for the coming weeks, FGV will intervene in the pits of escalators and elevators in order to complete the sealing and waterproofing of it with a material composed of two-component epoxy resin, with low viscosity which permanently seals possible cracks and restores the structural integrity, thus avoiding new leaks of water.
FGV offers as alternatives closer to people with reduced mobility the Machado and Facultats stations, as well as tram lines 4 and 6, accessible from the station itself and fully accessible.
Renewal and maintenance program
These actions are included in the maintenance and upkeep contract for this equipment, and aim to improve the conditions of mobility and accessibility customers who use Metrovalencia services. In addition, the change of the most obsolete equipment for others of greater capacity, up to 10 people per lift, as is the case of Benimaclet, is also included.
The new lifts have been designed according to the UNE-EN 81-70 standard on accessibility in this type of equipment. For its part, the FGV has developed its own model, validated by the Accessibility Commission in which the CERMI-CV and other associations participate, and which improves the accessibility conditions established for these devices.
The new elevators they incorporate transparent glass doors; accessible height keyboards with braille and special characters; inductive loops in the intercom; dimensions adapted to current accessibility regulations; and remote controls that allow you to request the elevator, without the need for assistance.
Improving elevator accessibility conditions is one of the main objectives that FGV has set itself to improve its service and meet the autonomy needs of people with disabilities or reduced mobility.
Renovation work on the elevators and escalators began at the end of 2018. This work is part of the long-cycle maintenance of the network’s escalators, aimed at extending the life of this equipment in perfect condition.
These maintenance interventions involve the replacement of all parts subject to wear and aging, in order to restore their original reliability and availability characteristics, at a lower cost and inconvenience for users. The total number of escalators on which it is planned to intervene in six years is 48.
With regard to the most obsolete lifts, the contract provides for a scheduled replacement of hydraulic equipment with electrical equipment, as is the case of Benimaclet, with reductions of more than 50% in energy consumption and pollutants , as well as an improvement in performance, not only in reliability and availability, but in speed, service and accessibility.
The number of elevators included in this program is 17 for the duration of the contract.