The Tres Olivos deterrent car park was to be the fourth from the Almeida era, after the one at Pitis, Fuente de la Mora -already built- and the Spanish Aviation car park, soon to be inaugurated. With 464 spaces for cars and 14 for motorcycles, it was designed to encourage drivers who enter the capital every day on the M-607 to park their vehicles there, and then go to their destination in the city by public transport. But on July 19, the mayor, José Luis Martínez Almeida, announced that he was canceling the competition to build it, along with the one that was going to take place in Villaverde and with others that were going to be planned in Canillejas, Aravaca, Barajas, Puerta de Arganda. , Paco de Lucía, Valdebebas and Mar de Cristal. All this part of the municipal mobility policy was in question with the decision.
Almeida paralyzes the construction of dissuasive car parks: they are empty and have turned the neighbors against
Today, August 25, the Madrid City Council has made official the cancellation of the two ongoing competitions with their publication on the recruitment portal, where it has also explained in detail the reasons that have led to this decision. The main one is that the first two open dissuasive car parks hardly have drivers interested in leaving their cars there: “The average occupancy of both does not reach 30%” during the months of April and May, details the report that justifies the measure. that this newspaper has had access to.
The General Directorate of Planning and Mobility Infrastructures, responsible for the decision, explains that behind these poor results may be the generalization of teleworking: “As a result of the measures imposed to control the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the mobility habits of the inhabitants of the Community of Madrid have undergone drastic changes, which are marked by less mobility “, explains the text consulted by Somos Madrid, which also indicates that it is” very notable “, the decrease in use of public transport and the use of private vehicles to go to work centers.
“Faced with this situation and waiting to regain a certain normality in the mobility patterns of the city of Madrid, it seems appropriate to carry out a preliminary evaluation of the three dissuasive car parks already built to analyze the goodness of the measure and see if in the medium or long term It is convenient or not to continue with it “, add those responsible for Mobility in the document, signed by Lola Ortiz Sánchez, Director of Planning.
The City Council was going to spend 14.8 million on the construction of the Tres Olivos parking lot, an infrastructure that had also received some neighborhood opposition, organized on a platform that hung dozens of posters in nearby homes and even mounted a protest demonstration, shortly before Almeida announced the cancellation of the project. The one in Villaverde Bajo Cruce was tendered for 20 million euros, VAT included.
Now the consistory opens the door to compensate the companies that submitted proposals for the expenses incurred in the procedures (41 in the case of Tres Olivos and 37 in Villaverde) of a procedure that began with the contracting of the execution project on summer of last year, with an already palpable change in mobility as a result of the pandemic. The tender for the construction of both car parks took place in early 2021, with the fourth wave of infections on the rise and little mobility by road compared to the dates on which the demand studies that justified this parking were carried out.