Plan­ning Au­thor­ity ap­proves Triton Foun­tain Square project

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

The Plan­ning Au­thor­ity yes­ter­day ap­proved the Triton Foun­tain Square project, turn­ing it into a pedes­trian area.

The square sur­round­ing the Triton Foun­tain, out­side Val­letta’s City Gate, will be pedes­tri­anised. The square will in­clude 10 kiosks and a tourist in­for­ma­tion booth.

The cur­rent cen­tre strip lead­ing up to the Val­letta gate, be­tween the MCP car park and the Phoeni­cia Ho­tel, will see the right-hand road used for buses lead­ing into the bus ter­mi­nus, the cen­tre strip kept pedes­tri­anised lead­ing up to the square, which will have rows of in­dige­nous trees on ei­ther side, while the left-hand side, near the Phoeni­cia Ho­tel, will still be used for cars lead­ing up to the ho­tel en­trance and a drop-off point near the city en­trance. A small round­about will be built closer to­wards the city en­trance where cars and taxis can turn around and head back out of the area

The Triton foun­tain will also be re­stored, and in­dige­nous trees will be planted around the square.

Ar­chi­tect Mario Bonello told the Plan­ning Au­thor­ity Board that cur­rently dur­ing peak hours around 150 buses per hour pass through the Val­letta ter­mi­nus. Due to this, buses will un­load passengers be­fore head­ing right down to the ter­mi­nus. There will be a wait­ing area for buses, and a park­ing area.

The project will con­clude prior to Jan­uary 2018.

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