B:SM Management Board approves the budgets for 2020
Sustainable mobility is one of the main themes of the new budgets
The Olympic Port project stands out among the new projects, with an investment of €3 million for the 2020 financial year
Today, the B:SM Management Board approved the budgets aimed at improving the quality of the services provided to city residents by the company and responding to the company’s main challenges and objectives for 2020.
BSM is becoming established as a public company that not only effectively manages the services they provide to city residents on behalf of the municipal government, but it is also becoming a major source of innovation, transformation, and sustainability in the city.
To this effect, the company will make a clear commitment to improving mobility with major projects such as the deployment of new parking meters, a thorough renovation of the parking network, which will have digital connectivity in 2020, and the promotion of electromobility and integrated mobility on the SMOU app. The deployment of the new model for Barcelona Zoo will also , go ahead, and the management model for the Olympic Port will be implemented with a strategic plan also focused on digitalisation and sustainability.
The budget shows a total income of €136.5 million, which is an increase of over €6 million compared to the provision at the close of 2019, and an expenditure of €131.4 million, an increase of €10.5 million on the closing provision for the previous financial year. Investments are calculated at €18.6 million, 13.7 million of which will be allocated to projects to renovate and adapt facilities and installations, and 3 million will be invested in the new Olympic Port project, which will be hugely important for the company in the coming year once the effective delegation of responsibilities has been achieved by the Generalitat of Catalonia and Barcelona City Council.
The Olympic Port project involves a large-scale transformation at all levels towards a new management framework, and the adaptation of current contracts to the new approved Land Use Plan. At the urban planning level, the project also involves the physical transformation of the spaces and changes in their uses. One example is the work undertaken to improve the Dic del Recer breakwater to avoid the negative effects of sea storms, an operation that accounts for most of the investment.
Regarding mobility, new mobility projects will be introduced and adaptations made to the BSM car park network, with a total investment of €3 million. In 2020, work on the projects for the future car parks in Ciutadella del Coneixement – Zoo, Ramiro de Maeztu, Soldevila and Thous will get underway. The latter will also be used as a car pound for Municipal Towing. Across the network as a whole, there will be large scale work to improve access points, safety, and cleaning to improve customer satisfaction. Mobile phone cover will also be introduced throughout the B:SM Car Park network in 2020.
Electromobility is another of B:SM's commitments to the future. With an investment of over €450,000, the Endolla Barcelona electric recharging points network will be expanded to include new points, both on the street and in BSM car parks, along with their full integration into the SMOU mobility app.
The new network of parking meters will also be consolidated in 2020, making their use more sustainable since it will no longer be necessary to print out paper tickets, and also helping to implement the management of parking policies in line with municipal mobility policies and the low emission zones. Furthermore, efforts will be made to regulate discretionary buses for tourist use in the most congested areas such as the Magic Fountain in Montjuïc.
Also among the company's mobility projects is the consolidation of the new Bicing model , which will include improvements to distribution logistics to improve supply and demand, and an increase in the number of stations and electric bicycles to provide a better service.
Regarding bus stations, optimal levels of security, cleaning, and maintenance will continue to guarantee travellers a good service, and the number of arrivals and departures at the stations of Barcelona-Nord and Fabra i Puig will be increased.
Barcelona Zoo's new model, which focuses on the objectives of conservation, research and education linked to conserving biodiversity, will be implemented in 2020. Not only are there planned improvements for the animals' installations, but also for the logistic and public area infrastructures, placing special emphasis on improving accessibility. Furthermore, interactive digital technologies will be introduced in the park's interpretation centres and awareness-raising content will be created with the aim of examining the values of biodiversity and conservation, the new Zoo's principle message, in greater depth.
Work will continue on revitalising the Olympic Ring installations, with a total investment of €2,600,000, promoting the use of the different spaces and improving environmental sustainability. Furthermore, there will be an investment in the exterior lighting of the Esplanade and Palau Sant Jordi, and improvements made to emergency exits.
Revitalisation work will continue in the different spaces at Forum Park with various cultural, sporting, and family activities, and serious efforts will be made to attract the general public to the park, and especially local residents. There are also plans for a series of actions aimed at controlling noise problems in the surrounding area, and maintenance work will be carried out to ensure that the venue is kept in an optimal state.
Last, the intervention plan set out in the new model of governance for Park Güell will continue to be implemented with operations to improve and conserve the environment focusing on pavements, street lighting. and architectural and plant heritage while the improvements to mobility set in motion in 2019 will also be consolidated.