Students prefer crossing busy road to using ‘nightmare’ Msida subway - GUG
A university students’ association has renewed its complaint on the terrible state of the Msida subway, which is supposed to be a safer alternative to the busy roads above.
“These underpasses are a very good idea in general but only if they are well maintained,” the Gozo University Group (GUG) said in a statement. “Imagine walking through a dark and chilly tunnel not sure if there is anyone at the end of this darkness. This is the reality faced by those students who have to use the subway to go back home.”
The group pointed out that the already dark subway gets even darker in winter. “Any feeling of security leaves you as soon as you enter since the lights do not work. Many students feel safer facing the busy roads above. This is an even bigger problem now that it gets dark during the evening rush hour.”
GUG said students and parents have described the experience of using the subway as an “unbelievable nightmare.”
Their wish is for the authorities to wake up and address the issue, the group said.
Last month, GUG had complained after the subway become flooded with rainwater, trapping students on one side.
“Students do not feel safe walking through the darkness. First year students are specifically warned by older students not to use the subway alone. This should not be the case. The subways should be safer than the road above. Most of the mirrors at the corners are either broken or covered up with posters of events which took place months ago. Something must be done.”
The GUG is appealing to the authority in charge to make some changes on the matter. “Students must feel safe going back home,” the group insisted.