In the first six weekends from when the circular transport service began to and from Wied iż-Żurrieq, the number of people who have made use of this pilot project is now more than 4,000.
The project, which promotes sustainable weekend transport. is financed by the Malta Tourism Authority.
This service, at an investment of €162,000, operates from Thursday to Sunday from 10am to midnight with a frequency of every 20 minutes.
In this pilot project, two buses from Malta Public Transport are being used, which are marked “Destination Wied iż-Żurrieq” and are picking up passengers from San Niklaw/Il-Qasam near Siggiewi and from the two main squares in Qrendi and Zurrieg.
At San Niklaw, two car parks have been created for those who wish to leave their private car there.
The service operates simultaneously using both buses to ensure that it is more practical and frequent.
Wied iż-Żurrieq is considerd as a unique and very popular tourist attraction.
In the year 2018, around 475,000 tourists visited this bay, apart from thousands of Maltese who come here for various reasons, from swimming to fishing or to have a nice plate of fish. from one of the restaurants.
During the inauguration of this project, the Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection, Julia Farrugia Portelli had said that this service will address the major problem, which is parking, which was keeping many people from going to such places as Wied iż-Żurrieq.
She said that this was confirmed by a public opinion survey commissioned by the Tourism Ministry which showed that 60% of those interviewed said they found a parking problem when they went to Wied iż-Żurrieq.
36% said that they turn around and leave, if they do not find anywhere to park. Almost 50% said they would use a transport service from the area rather than their vehicle.