Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg visited Marsascala together with the Transport Malta administration and local council representatives to view the work done on a new terminal for public transport passengers.
Located in St Anthony Road, this terminal serves 7 different routes and witnesses 10 journeys an hour. In just 2019, more than 530,000 passengers boarded buses from this terminal.
Minister Ian Borg said, “The government is implementing a national infrastructural upgrade, and this includes infrastructure for public transport too. In these last few years, Transport Malta has managed the installation of 30 new bus shelters around the country and we are ensuring that these are all of the best quality. In the meantime, we are also implementing other interventions such as safer stops in our large projects, and we have planned a regeneration project for the Porte de Bombes pedestrian subway.”
Minister Borg explained that this terminal in Marsascala is now equipped with materials that can take our climate, is fully accessible and can accommodate up to 25 seated persons.
“This is part of our commitment as a government, to see that while we have a quantity of projects, we prioritise quality first. Our country’s public transport service has made great leaps in these past years, both in terms of quality and in terms of usage. In the first two months of this year, we witnessed a 16.6% and 21.8% increase over the same months last year. Now that we have started relaxing measures, we can see an average of 35,000 passengers more every day when compared to April. We will continue working for the people and working hand in hand with our local government to continue delivering more improvements in the quality of life of all Maltese and Gozitan people,” concluded Minister Ian Borg.
The terminal project exceeds an investment of more than €260,000 shared by Transport Malta and the contractor who won the tender. Part of the roof is opaque to offer maximum shade, while the rest of the roof offers more than 99% UV protection. The paving was chosen to be accessible for the visually impaired, and the terminal design improves safety for people getting on or off buses. Among the facilities of the terminal, users will have access to free Wi-Fi and vending machines.