Government has announced a number of new measures, aimed at tackling Malta’s ongoing infrastructural and transport problems.
The upcoming projects, valued at €28.5 million, together with other projects such as the Kappara Junction, the Marsa Junction and others, amount to €120 million in investment from European Funds in transport between 2014 and 2020.
The measures announced today include the upgrading of existing ferry landing places to increase the potential of maritime transport, as well as the construction of new landing sites at Ta’ Xbiex, St Julian’s and St Paul’s Bay. This will allow the extension of the ferry route network to incorporate locations with potential to provide access to urban cores.
Two pilot cycle corridors connecting Valletta to St Julian’s and Mosta to University and Mater Dei Hospital, will be constructed. The identified routes will be made even safer for cycling by improved lighting, including security features and features intended specifically to ensure cyclists’ safety. Nine buses will also be changed from diesel to electrical engines.
The National Traffic Control Centre will be extended to make sure that the monitoring of traffic in Malta becomes more intensive. Interventions in this regard include the installation of 100 CCTV cameras in 27 locations and a web-based real-time application lead by Transport Malta that will offer real time information concerning traffic.
Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds and Social Dialogue Aaron Farrugia, who announced these projects, said that economic growth in Malta, along with the fact that the country is becoming more cosmopolitan, presented several challenges that needed to be addressed.