Expression of interest for Malta – Gozo tunnel project to be issued in six months’ time
Infrastructure and Capital Projects Minister, Ian Borg, announced that within six months an international expression of interest will be issued for the start of the tunnel construction between Malta and Gozo.
Referring also to the Marsa Junction project, Minister Borg said that new traffic arrangements will be in place from the middle of this month so that work may start on the first of seven bridges that will link Aldo Moro Street with Garibaldi Street.
He spoke about the projects during a Cabinet meeting during which Government projects in the infrastructure sector were explained.
During the Cabinet meeting at the Transport Malta offices in Lija, Minister Borg stated that following the identification of the first 120 residential roads which will be re-built as part of the €700 million roads project, Infrastructure Malta is working to identify the second and third group of residential roads which will also be re-built.
On the Marsa Junction project, Minister Borg said that after the Republic Day feast, new arrangements for traffic will be introduced for the beginning of the work on the first of seven structures, with the first bridge to link Aldo Moro and Garibaldi streets.
He announced that permits were issued for the building of the Santa Luċija tunnels with the scheduled work expected to start next year. On Regional Road, Minister Borg said that works are ongoing so that the bridge on the road is elevated to increase safety for drivers.
Referring to the Malta-Gozo tunnel, the Minister announced that by the middle of next year Infrastructure Malta will issue an international expression of interest for the start of work on the tunnel, which will be 13.5 kilometres long. Entrance and exit from the tunnel will be in Limbordin in the Mellieħa area and at Torri ta’ Kenuna area in Nadur. Preparations are also underway for a study on the environmental impacts of the tunnel. He said that the Government is determined to conclude the project so that the dream of Gozitans will be met.
On public transport, Dr Borg stated that the sector registered great improvement, with 52 million passengers expected to have used the service by the end of the year. With free public transport, 27,000 students are expected to benefit by this measure. The Transport Minister also announced that an agency will be set up to carry out investigations on accidents related to transport. It will also assist the country to learn from accidents with the aim of avoiding similar accidents, he stated.