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Posted on: 16/09/2010

Barrakka LiftA transportation project through the development of a new lift which will provide an essential link between the waterfront and the Valletta city center has received the green light by the MEPA Board.

The lift which will be situated along the bastions at the level of the lower ditch up to the Barrakka Gardens has been designed to leave the least possible impact on the physical historic fabric and visual impact of the area. The vertical connection will have two panoramic passenger cabins arranged side by side, having a total height of nearly 58meters. It is envisaged that the lift will transport a capacity of 800 passengers per hour. The structure, which will also include a stairwell for safety purposes, will be made of concrete with an aluminium mesh screen.

The project will also include the paving of the part of Xatt ta' Lascaris opposite the entrance to the lower ditch and landscaping works which will include a water feature around the lift structure. The Cypher building just below Triq Girolmu Cassar, currently occupied by the National Statistics Office will be demolished.

Mepa can confirm that the claims made by FAA during the public meeting, that the revised plans related to the Lascaris lift project were not online or made available at the MEPA Planning Shop, are wholly unfounded. The Authority, as with any other planning application, confirms that throughout the entire processing of this application the plans were always online for any NGO, local council or media to view while also available for the public at the MEPA Planning Shop. 

The Mepa Board also approved the re-development of the Victoria Bus Terminus in Gozo with the primary purpose of bringing the present bus terminus facility in line with the Transport reform strategy for an improved public transport system. The project will include major landscaping works, the creation of a covered walkway and the construction of a Terminal Building.

Two projects related to the development of new or additional educational facilities were also approved by the Mepa Board. These included the construction of a new school and car park at Mikiel Anton Vassalli, Boys Junior Lyceum, in Tal-Handaq, Qormi and the addition of sports facilities to compliment the new Mosta government school at Zokrija, Mosta.