Stu­dents pre­fer cross­ing busy road to us­ing ‘night­mare’ Msida sub­way - GUG

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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