With preparations and plans for the tunnel link between Malta and Gozo proceeding apace, the issue of transport in Malta and Gozo is also being debated.
During the TVAM programme, the Director of Koncept X, Architect Konrad Xuereb, spoke about the proposal for an underground metro system which he says will address the issue of mass transportation.
Mr Xuereb stated that transport in the Maltese Islands should be tackled in a holistic manner. In this regard he is suggesting a metro, as he believes such a system will connect villages through the shortest possible distance.
His proposal is split up into three stages: from Mellieha to the Airport, which would be completed within five years from commencement of work; from the Airport to St Paul’s Bay, which will take two years; and from Mellieha to Gozo, which will take three years to complete.
Mr Xuereb explained that the first route will start from Mellieha, and will pass through St Paul’s Bay, Bugibba/Qawra, Pembroke/Paceville, St Julians, Sliema, Gzira, Valletta, Paola, Tarxien, Zejtun, Birzebbugia and the Airport.
The second route starts from the Airport, going through Qormi, Birkirkara, Imriehel, Lija, Mosta and St Paul’s Bay.
The third route starts from Mellieha, and continues towards Xewkija, Rabat and Marsalforn.
Mr Xuereb added that this project will cost between three and four billion euro. The architect reiterated that the project is sustainable and also efficient.
Mr Xuereb further stated that the study and the work carried out on the tunnel between Malta and Gozo has not been in vain, as in his opinion these studies will remain relevant for the metro project.
You can follow the full interview with Architect Konrad Xuereb here. TVAM is broadcast daily from Monday to Friday between 7.00 .m. and 9.00 a.m.