Inauguration of National Control Centre to improve traffic management planned for Budget 2020

12th September 2019

On the creation of public spaces, Government stated that the “Planning Authority (PA) will continue to support and promote open spaces and sustainable urban development, as well as the restoration of buildings, particularly in village cores”.

Government will be inaugurating a fully equipped National Control Centre which will improve traffic management and enforcement in real time, house 112 emergency services and ambulance dispatch, its pre-budget document for 2020 revealed.

One of the main priority areas laid out in the pre-budget document deals with “continuing [sic] improving the road infrastructure and the creation of public spaces”.

On the creation of public spaces, the Government document stated that the “Planning Authority (PA) will continue to support and promote open spaces and sustainable urban development, as well as the restoration of buildings, particularly in village cores”.

The document stated that the Government will “continue to promote the use of energy efficient and alternative transport” through a variety of initiatives to support the shift towards non-internal combustion engine vehicles and buses, as well as through the introduction of safe cycle routes and footpaths.

During the electoral campaign for the 2017 snap election, the Labour party promised to launch a €700 million road infrastructure scheme over a period of seven years. With this in mind, the Government stressed that it shall continue on this endeavour, “in tandem with Transport Malta,” to “ensure that the roads are more open to alternative modes of travel, including cycling and footpaths”.

“Roads, in particular country roads, which were previously abandoned or which, over time, increased in usage but were never given appropriate attention, will now be resurface,” the document stated.

For several years the Government has slowly undergone a process of digitising the Lands Authority. In its pre-budget document, it renewed this commitment while adding its intention to “introduce more online services”.

It further stated that the practices of the Lands Authority will be revisited, while the introduction of “self-imposed deadlines to increase efficiency in the processing of applications” will also be implemented.