Real time traffic light management ‘in coming months’
Transport Malta will, in the coming months, be able to manage the country’s traffic lights in real time in a development that should go some way toward sorting out the chaos on Malta’s morning roads.
Speaking to The Malta Independent yesterday, a Transport Malta spokesperson explained, “Transport Malta is installing new traffic lights in various locations around Malta. The lights will be hooked up to our traffic control centre which will be operative in the coming months.
“Operatives of the control centre will be in a better position to help traffic flows as the lights will be optimised in real time. Such system is already functional at Mdina Road, Mrieħel Traffic lights and the traffic lights at Vjal de Paul in Attard.
“The lights in Tal-Barrani are still operating on the old system based on a fixed programme in the traffic lights controller. The programme is periodically optimised manually to meet the increase in demand for road capacity which we experience throughout the year.”
Transport Malta was contacted yesterday after this newsroom reported how two Air Malta flights were delayed yesterday morning because their pilots, crew and passengers arrived late on account of the heavy traffic on Triq Tal-Barrani and areas in the vicinity of the airport, an Air Malta company spokesperson told The Malta Independent.
Flights KM306 to Munich and KM394 to Amsterdam were delayed by 46 minutes and 21 minutes respectively.
A number of passengers also arrived late at the airport, but they were lucky and were able to make the flight because the pilots and crew had also been delayed.
The spokesman said Air Malta apologised for any inconvenience caused by a situation that is out of its control.
The traffic situation has been a nightmare for many drivers, especially since the school year started. Companies have also complained that workers are arriving late because of traffic issues.
Yesterday morning, flights KM306 to Munich and KM394 to Amsterdam were delayed by 46 minutes and 21 minutes respectively.