Daddy’s girl goes to school
A number of children and parents spoke with The Malta Independent about whether they found much traffic and how they feel about their heavy back-packs on the first day of school.
It is hard to forget this time last year, on that infamous morning, where it appeared as though the entire country was caught in gridlock traffic. Many journalists from this newsroom took a whopping two hours to get to work, as opposed to the normal 20-minute journey.
While some parents said that traffic was reasonable yesterday morning, some children did not see it the same way and said that it was still too much for them.
Everyone was in agreement with regard to the weight of the children’s school bags being too much; however, many noted that the first day is always the worst as they would need to take the most supplies, many of which would remain at school.
Heavy traffic jams were reported across Malta yesterday morning as the new scholastic year started. Over 30,000 students returned to their school benches, together with almost 6,000 teachers and LSAs.
As was expected, school transport placed a heavy burden on Malta’s road infrastructure and several main roads were gridlocked.
Other areas, however, were surprisingly free of traffic as wardens were out in full force and did a good job of directing vehicles.
Motorists said traffic at T’Alla w’Ommu road in Naxxar was at a complete standstill. Traffic from Naxxar towards San Ġwann was also gridlocked. Heavy traffic was also reported in Valley Road towards Msida, and the Birkirkara Bypass.
There was heavy traffic in the Qormi valley and the situation was no better in Lija, direction of Mater Dei.
Our reporters on the ground said that wardens are so far doing a good job of directing traffic in the Naxxar area.
Some usually busy areas, like Sliema and the Kappara area, were relatively free of traffic.
On the other hand, traffic on Regional Road was completely gridlocked. Traffic started building up in Paola at around 8.30am but December 13 Road in the direction of Valletta was clear.
Transport Minister Joe Mizzi said last week that the best way to avoid being late to work was to leave earlier than usual, plan your route better and preferably use public transport. Fifty officials, from police officers to wardens, have also been placed in strategic roads across the country to better control the traffic flow. Mr Mizzi said, however, that miracles could not be expected.
A traffic policeman stopped near a school yesterday to allow his girl to let him see her on her first day at school