Real time traf­fic light man­age­ment ‘in com­ing months’

Malta Independent - - FRONT PAGE - ■ Ju­lian Bon­nici

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.

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