“Need for discussion about sustainable transport in Valletta” – Minister Ian Borg
In comments to Television Malta, Transport Minister Ian Borg has stated the time has come for a discussion on sustainable transport in Valletta.
Dr Borg stated that in light of the increase in economic, cultural and residential activity in the Capital, there is a need for ensuring sustainable mobility.
“One has to see what worked from CVA and from parking areas, and what has not worked. It is clear we all have to sit around a table – residents, the business community and visitors to the city, in order to achieve a better balance.”
Minister Borg added that more people were getting to Valletta through public transport including by boat. The Minister added that the Government will consider the possibility of increasing vertical mobility including lifts like the Barrakka Lift.
Mobility within Valletta was one of the issues raised during a media conference held in the lower part of the capital when a breakdown was given of restoration works and embellishment as part of a 2.4 million euro project by the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation in the lower area of the capital.
The Corporation’s Chief Executive Gino Cauchi mentioned some of the completed projects, including restoration of the bastions, the House of Catalunya and the Auberge de Baviere, and paving projects.
The Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi described this as an investment in favour of the people, and which promotes more private investment. Dr Zrinzo Azzopardi stated that more restoration projects are planned for the future in the area, with 24 million euro in European funds allocated for the regeneration of the lower part of Valletta.