The Community establishes a special public transport plan for the 10th Women’s Race
The Regional Transport Consortium is supporting this event, which sets out to raise funds for the fight against cancer. Special operational procedures will be organized at the Moncloa Interchange and Argüelles Station. The public transport system is also cooperating with a publicity campaign in its network.
The Community of Madrid has established a special public transport plan for the 10th Women’s Race, which will be held next Sunday, 5 May, in order to assure the smooth running of this sporting event and the mobility, both of people participating and the rest of Madrilenians. This operational procedure was explained today by the Regional Secretary Transport, Infrastructure and Housing, Pablo Cavero, who also attended the presentation of the publicity campaign that the Madrid Regional Transport Consortium is going to undertake on behalf of this charity event in the Madrid public transport system.
The Regional Secretary took advantage of the opportunity to request that all those taking part in the Women’s Race, including himself, although he will be running without a race number, should preferably get to the different points on the route by Metro and that they should use Argüelles Station as the point of access to the starting line.
At this station special arrangements will be set into operation to inform users and to direct participants, by means of the public address system, notices and staff, which will also be repeated at the Moncloa Interchange. Here, it is also planned to close the ramp located at Calle Princesa between 7-10 a.m., without this affecting the operational status of the infrastructure, which will be assured through the Arco de la Victoria access and exit ramps. In addition, on Sunday between those times the special bus lane (Bus-Vao) will operate in the outgoing direction.
Furthermore, the seven-kilometre race route, which runs along some of Madrid’s most well-known landmark streets, is easily reached from various Metro stations. Spectators attending the event can get to different points on the race route from a total of ten stations: Moncloa, Arguelles, Ventura Rodríguez, Plaza España, Santo Domingo, Callao, Gran Vía, Sevilla, Puerta del Sol and Ópera. The Madrid Regional Transport Consortium has issued a special map accurately showing the route of the event and the access to it by means of public transport.
Around 25,000 participants
The Women’s Race is the second-ranking popular race with most participants in the Community and the most important women’s athletic event in Europe. Some 25,000 people have enrolled for this year’s event. Assuring its smooth running as well as mobility provides clear evidence of how well the region is prepared for holding major events and represents yet another argument in support of Madrid’s candidacy for holding the 2020 Olympic Games.
In addition, this occasion represents a link between sport and a public-spirited movement on behalf of the fight against cancer, as the money collected with the enrolments will be allocated to research into this disease. “The Madrid Regional Transport Consortium,” stated the Secretary, “is becoming an active official body in the promotion of charitable causes, which represent no cost but which offer users of public transport both a value-added and the consolidation of such social values as self-improvement, public spiritedness and constancy”.
Cavero pointed out the commitment of the Community of Madrid to continuing to work in this direction, as it simply involves the assignment of spaces for such charitable causes as the Women’s Race, which Yolanda Vázquez, the ideologist of the event, has been promoting for ten years. As a token of the support of the Madrid Regional Consortium for her idea, the Secretary handed over a Public Transport Card to her today, as well as to Elena Gallo, the organizer of the event, and Lola Pérez Convo, a participant ever since the first year’s race.
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