The management of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB) informed the members of the safety and health committee of the subway that on Tuesday the 49 wagons where it has been detected asbestos. So far, 154 of the 210 cars that integrate the 3000 and 4000 series have been analyzed, the oldest ones. The component has been found in a low proportion and in a non-friable state; That is, it does not give off fibers and is well preserved, which is not a danger to passengers or workers, as TMB insisted.
TMB removes three wagons due to the presence of asbestos in the paint
The asbestos is found in the anti-scrub paint that holds the boxes and the bottom of the racks. The components of the electric converter boxes of the 2000, 3000 and 4000 series are also being analyzed, among which a washer washed with asbestos. Meanwhile, asbestos wagons there is no maintenance action that can alter the state of the paint and cause the emission of fibers without the proper precautions. In the case of the washer, the component is confined inside the chest, so that it will be signaled and all manipulation will be avoided until it is removed.
There will be no maintenance to the converters of the trains of series 2100 and 500, which are pending being analyzed. Regarding combois integrated later, the manufacturers of the series 2100 and 500 have documented that the bituminous paint that covers the cars does not contain asbestos. The most modern train builders (series 5000, 6000 and 9000) have certified that they manufactured them under the regulations that already prohibit the use of this fiber.
TMB will keep the combois with asbestos but will dose its service
A specialized external company is making exhaustive inventory of asbestos, both in the transport network, as well as in the dependencies and in all types of vehicles. The complete inventory will be the starting point for developing a plan to eliminate the asbestos in the coming years based on the available resources. Among the preferred points of action is the removal of the fiberglass plates from the cover of the Verneda station, which will be made during 2019.
The Collective Ronda sees irresponsible that TMB does not remove convulsions with asbestos