New bus lines, resident parking and sports facilities have fallen foul of the economic crisis in Madrid, as city chiefs make cuts. According to figures released by officials under the Programa Operativo de Gobierno, one year after election the city council has delivered only one third of its pre-election promises.

Because of the crisis promised new bus lines running across and into the city have been postponed. Authorities also aim to save 21 per cent of targeted public expenditure by cutting use of unnecessary car journeys for officials and cuts in social services.

The only area that has been guaranteed to be safe from cuts is care for the elderly, say officials.