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Posted on: 11/03/2011

ParkandRideThe Malta Environment and Planning Authority Board today approved the extension of the Park and Ride facility at Crown Works in Floriana to cater for an additional 470 car parking spaces.

This extension has been brought about following the success of the current Floriana Park and Ride project which enabled the decrease of the volume of car journeys into Valletta, and therefore reduced the related environmental impacts of traffic congestion, air pollution and noise and the clutter of parked cars.

The site, which has a total area of approximately 15,500sq.m and which for the past years has been used as an open storage facility, will see the demolition of an existing building, a new lighting scheme for the parking area and replacement of the existing boundary wall structures. The project will also entail the upgrading of the existing landscaping scheme, including the removal of alien species as required by MEPA, and the planting of new trees and shrubs. The Park and Ride facility will also cater for 11 car parking space for persons with a disability.

This project forms part of the Public Transport Reform and compliments the measures outlined in the Air Quality Plan for the Maltese Islands which MEPA published last year. The plan outlines initiatives that aim to reduce vehicle emissions; to encourage a change in travelling patterns and habits; to reduce the traffic impact of new developments; to better manage the road network and to promote cleaner vehicle technologies.

Over the past months MEPA has approved a series of projects which continues to display MEPA’s commitment to the regeneration and urban upgrading of Malta’s Capital City.  Most prominent is the City Gate project which will transform and extensively enrich the entrance to Malta’s capital city and its surrounding environment with the construction of a new city gate, a Parliament building, a new pjazza and performing space at the site of the former Royal Opera House, as well as landscaping works along the ditch.

The over-populated bus terminus which has for years been an eye-sore at the entrance of Malta’s capital, will now be significantly downsized and relocated to the area below St James Counterguard. Another interesting initiative that was given the green light by the MEPA Board recently is the transportation project that provides an essential link between the Waterfront and the city centre. The vertical connection will feature two panoramic passenger cabins side by side and will have a capacity to transport 800 passengers per hour.

All these initiatives are testament to the consistent concrete action that MEPA has undertaken to actualise the local plan for Valletta which aims at strengthening Valletta’s role as a capital city, at encouraging its economic regeneration and at enhancing the city’s rural environment.