77.4% rate the present traffic situation as bad
A vast majority of respondents have rated the present traffic situation in Malta to be varying degrees of negative, the November edition of the iSurvey commissioned by The Malta Independent shows.
Respondents were asked how they would rate the traffic situation from a scale of one to 10, one being very bad and 10 being very good.
In total: 48.3% awarded the traffic situation a ranking of ‘1’, 10.7% gave it a 2, 10.1% chose 3, 8.3% chose 4, 9.4% chose 5, 3.7% chose 6, 2.5% chose 7, 3.4% chose 8, 0.3% chose 9 and 0.8% gave it a ranking of 10 – the best possible one. When adding up the proportion of respondents who ranked the traffic situation to be from a one to a four, it was found that a total of 77.4% rate the present situation as varying degrees of negative.
The traffic situation has become progressively worse for many throughout the years. If you are among the unfortunate majority of Maltese that must commute through the evergrowing gridlocked areas during peak hours, such as Kappara, Birkirkara Bypass, TalBalal, Marsa, Paola, Msida and San Ġwann, you are more than likely to agree that the traffic
Respondents were asked how they would rate the traffic situation from a scale of one to 10
situation in Malta has become progressively worse. Media reports just last month estimated that there are 38 new cars on the road each day, with limited road capacity, it is no wonder that areas are becoming gridlocked.
For the purposes of the infographic, we have divided the segments into five, rather than ten, for clarity’s sake. Rankings 9 and 10 represent ‘extremely bad’, 8 and 7 represent ‘bad’, 6 and 5 represent ‘unaffected’, 3 and 4 represent ‘bad’ and 1 and 2 represent ‘very bad’.
PL and PN split
When breaking down the answers based on the way people voted in the 2013 general election, it was found that:
Of those who voted PL in the last election, 35.6% chose the first ranking – that is very bad, 7.4% chose 2, 10.4% chose 3, 11.1% chose 4, 14.8% chose 5, 5.7% chose 6, 4% chose 7, 6% chose 8, 0.7% chose 9, 1.7% chose 10.
Therefore, when adding up the proportion of respondents who 1 to 4, the rankings that illustrate the belief that the present traffic situation is negative, it was found that 64.8% of PL voters have concerns over the situation today.
Out of those who voted PN in the last election, 63% chose the first ranking, 13.8% chose 2, 8.5% chose 3, 6.2% chose 4, 2.3% chose 5, 0.8% chose 6, 2.3% chose 7, 1.5% chose 8 and no respondents gave the present traffic situation a ‘very good’ ranking of 9 or 10.
Over the years the problem of traffic has consistently become worse. Government efforts to mitigate the problem include the building of the Kappara flyover, that is currently underway, the total redoing of the Coast Road and bringing in new partners for the public transport system. The thinking behind the first two projects is to increase capacity in those areas as well cater for the free flow of traffic. While the Coast Road project has reportedly improved the traffic situation for the area in a big way, it has been reported that once reaching the Pembroke/Luxol area, bottlenecks start to form. It is hoped that once all major infrastructural projects are completed, they will complement each other and provide for more free flowing traffic throughout the island.
While people have expressed concern that such projects are not enough, and called for more radical solutions, the willingness of such solutions to be carried out remains to be seen. When there were media reports over the possibility of a congestion tax being introduced on Maltese roads, it created public outcry.
The PN have also come out with their proposals for traffic, with Opposition Leader Simon Busuttil pushing for a lighttram system that would make it attractive for Maltese and Gozitans to leave their cars at home. The Opposition came up with a working document for its shortterm proposals, and is expected to release its long-term proposals in the coming months.
Members of civil society have heavily supported the use of bicycles rather than cars, car pooling, increased use of ferries, government provision of free school transport and avoiding using the vehicle during peak hours.
As part of this initiative, efforts have already been made in order to begin bicycle sharing service.
When breaking down the data based on age, no discernable pattern could be identified. Whether you are young or old, changes are your views on traffic are similar. The biggest determining factor, however, is the commute taken each morning to work/school.
The November 2016 iSurvey – the sixth of its kind – was commissioned to Business Leaders Malta on behalf of The Malta Independent. A total of 600 respondents were used, representative of age, gender and spread of localities. With such a sample size, the margin of error is +/- 4%. More info from the iSurvey will continue to emerge throughout this week.
The biggest determining factor is the commute taken each morning to work/school
* No PN voters rated the present traffic situation as being ‘very good’