New traf­fic mea­sures to ease Cot­ton­era traf­fic flow

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

New mea­sures to al­le­vi­ate the traf­fic prob­lem for driv­ers liv­ing in the Cot­ton­era area will be in­tro­duced on Mon­day, the Min­istry of Trans­port and In­fra­struc­ture said.

The Mediter­ranean Mar­itime Hub will pro­vide a one-way tem­po­rary route out of Cot­ton­era. This, Min­is­ter Mizzi be­lieves, will re­lieve the prob­lem of morn­ing traf­fic aris­ing from Kalkara, Xgħa­jra, Żab­bar, Fgura and Paola to­wards Val­letta.

Tem­po­rary ac­cess will be open to pri­vate ve­hi­cles but not for large ve­hi­cles. It will be open be­tween Mon­day and Friday be­tween 6 and 9.30am.

This road will be used tem­po­rar­ily un­til the com­ple­tion of in­fras­truc­tural work on an al­ter­na­tive route, to be pro­vided by the Mediter­ranean Mar­itime Hub af­ter agree­ing to give up part of the perime­ter of their pri­vate land in or­der to be de­vel­oped into a new road.

The min­istry has al­ready be­gan prepara­tory work to cre­ate an in­de­pen­dent path pass­ing be­tween the old ware­houses of Malta Ship­build­ing and the fence on Sir Paul Boffa Av­enue. It is its in­ten­tion that the road should func­tion as a ‘tidal lane’ to con­nect Paola with Al­bert Town.

Chair­man of Trans­port Malta, James Pis­copo thanked all those who worked on this short-term prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion. He re­it­er­ated Trans­port Malta’s com­mit­ment in find­ing and im­ple­ment­ing short-term so­lu­tions in or­der to al­le­vi­ate the cur­rent traf­fic prob­lem, whilst also call­ing for the need for greater in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture and other modes of trans­port.

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