Over the next few weeks, works will start on the bus terminus at St James ditch to improve facilities for passengers.
Transport Minister Ian Borg said that this project will cost €400,000 and among other things will provide a permanent shelter against the elements both in summer and winter.
“The infrastructure related to public transport needs to continue to be improved and this includes bus shelters in all localities as well as the main terminus here at St James Ditch. This was only a temporary shelter and we feel it is important to invest in a proper tent which can accommodate all those who choose public transport.”
Minister Borg said that last year a record 53.4 million passengers made use of public transport, which means an average of almost 150,000 passengers daily. He said that last year, the Government used part of the surplus to finance the amount of 2.2 million Euro for the free public transport scheme which is benefitting 24,000 young people. Dr Borg said that this year the scheme has been extended with a further investment of 3.3 million Euro to cater for young people aged between 14 – 20. He said that the Government plans to now cater for people with a disability and the elderly.