Cities are in constant process of change. They have to be home to more and more people and, therefore, meet more plural demands. And this is something that public services keep in mind. We will talk in today’s blog about how to adapt the underground service to the demands of modern society, since it can be said that time is priceless.

Either for practical matters or to promote CO2 reduction, people who decide to get around using the Tube are ever-increasing, which requires a huge responsibility regarding this mean of transport.

From its inception, the underground is linked to the people’s comings and goings, peak hours, punctuality, etc. However, “the same old” Underground is not enough anymore. We now ask for a daytime and nighttime service, greater number of stations, pinpoint punctuality, Wi-Fi connection or universal access.

This is why underground cars in different cities are in need of adapting to what users, society and European regulations require. And they are carrying it out with long-term vision.

The Underground of the future will be the result of listening to people’s demands and applying all the solutions technology can come up with, and everything at less cost and no reduction of security conditions. Some shifts are by now noticeable in areas such as technology and infrastructure.

For instance, in Barcelona, in the manner of other world cities, some lines already circulate without driver, thus guaranteeing safe movement with no margin of error. Control systems help positioning cars in a precision of centimetres, an innovative aspect throughout the world.

Technology enables that most critical devices of current underground systems, both of trains and stations or tunnels, to be monitored remotely. This opens up new possibilities of efficient transport management, reliability improvement, minimisation of consumption, enhancement of information and user attention, security reinforcement through space-based intelligent surveillance, and so forth.

It is worth noticing another advance in the physical separation between platforms and tracks by means of automatic doors that are synchronized with tube-car doors. In Manusa, we have installed this type of doors in tubes such as Madrid or Barcelona’s. These measures provide comfort and security to commuters, who increasingly benefit from automatic tubes.

Due to the increasing amount of passengers, station access is another essential aspect. Stations are no more hallway labyrinths with winding staircases, but spaces with no architectural barriers between platforms and the outside, so that the entire population has the same possibilities of access to public transport. Manusa’s ticketing barriers are ideal for all facilities with high traffic of people thanks to their low maintenance and consumption.

It is clear that automation is the future tendency as far as Tube lines are concerned, and that because we find amongst their advantages the highest security in movement, regularity, punctuality and flexibility. Next stop: the Tube of the future.