Tunnel repair and maintenance

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Works on the tunnel of M. A. Vassalli Road

Transport Malta will be repairing the damages sustained in the M. A. Vassalli Road tunnel.  The Authority will be extending the scope of the intervention to also undertake some maintenance works. 

Works will start tonight, between 21:00hrs and 05:00hrs.  They will continue during subsequent nights which will be communicated as works proceed.

As much as possible, vehicles proceeding towards Paceville will be allowed to use the tunnel during the works through the retention of one access lane.  However, for safety reasons there will be periods when the tunnel will have to be closed completely.

 Drivers are therefore encouraged to seek alternative routes and reminded to drive carefully at all times but especially when driving through works sites.

Paola\’s tidal lane

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Works on Tidal Lane at Vjal Sir Paul Boffa

Vjal Sir Paul Boffa will be closed in Paola\’s  direction tonight and tomorrow between 20:00hrs and 05:00hrs. Vehicles, including public transport, proceeding towards the centre of Raħal Ġdid, will be diverted onto Vjal Santa Luċija and onto Triq Ħal Luqa.  Light vehicles may also proceed through Triq il-Palma. Works include scarfying and asphalting of the road.

Other works on the Tidal Lane will be carried out until Tuesday 26th April.  Traffic direction to Valletta will proceed on two lanes.  The third lane will be closed due to works.

Drivers are advised to proceed with caution.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Kappara Preparations

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Road Resurfacing Works in San Ġwann, Iklin and Gżira

Transport Malta is resurfacing a number of roads  in preparation for the Kappara Project. 

Triq Ħal-Għargħur, Iklin

On the evenings of Tuesday 19th April 2016 to Wednesday 20th April 2016  Transport Malta will resurface parts of Triq Erin Serracino Inglott and Triq l-Għargħar Iklin.

The road linking Triq Dun Karm (B’Kara Bypass) to Triq tal-Balal Naxxar will be closed.


Triq il-Baltiku, San Ġwann

On the mornings of Wednesday 20th April 2016 and Thursday 21st April 2016 Transport Malta will resurface Triq il-Baltiku in San Ġwann.

Vehicles coming from San Ġwann to Spinola and from Spinola to San Ġwann will be diverted onto Triq il-Baħar l-Iswed towards Triq Michelangelo Cagano to Triq Baltiku.


Testaferrata Gżira

Transport Malta will resurface Triq Testaferrata Gżira between Wednesday 20th April 2016 and Saturday 23rd April 2016.

Triq Testaferrata Gżira will be closed completely.  Traffic coming from Msida will be diverted onto Rue d’Argens, onto Triq l-Imsida towards Triq ix-Xatt Ta’ Xbiex.  Traffic coming from Gżira towards Msida will be diverted onto Triq Abate Rigord towards Msida.  During the works all street parking will be removed.

We apologise for any inconvenience and remind all drivers to follow road signage and instructions by officials on site.

Further preparations for Kappara Project

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Road Resurfacing  Triq l-Imsida Gżira and p/o Triq ix-Xatt Pieta’

Works related to the Kappara Project diversion routes will be carried out as follows:

Monday 18th April 2016 to Wednesday 20th April 2016 evenings only in Triq l-Imsida Gżira

Traffic coming from Gżira proceeding to Sliema will be diverted through Rue d’Argens onto Triq Manoel De Vilhena proceeding towards Triq l-Imsida.  Traffic coming out of Gżira towards Ta’ Xbiex will be diverted through a temporary road from Ġnien il-Kunsill tal-Ewropa Gżira. 

Public transport will follow the same diversion routes.

Monday 18th April 2016 to Wednesday 20th April 2016 evenings only in p/o Triq ix-Xatt Pieta’

Vehicular traffic coming from Valletta to Msida will be diverted to G’Mangia onto Msida and traffic coming form Gżira to Valletta will be diverted onto Triq Clarence towards Pieta’.

Works in Strait Street

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Works on underground services in Strait Street, Valletta

Transport Malta will be replacing part of the underground services in Triq id-Dejqa, Valletta.  The works are part of the Strait Street paving project. St. Dominic Street (between Republic Street and Old Bakery Street) will be closed from Monday 18th April at 09:00 till Tuesday 19th at 20:00. 

Kindly follow the temporary signage installed, proceed with caution and follow instructions by officials on site.

What\’s next for Kappara Palm Trees?

The Armed Forces of Malta are planting the Kappara Palm Trees in Luqa Barracks.

The parade grounds in Luqa Barracks are synonymous with Malta\’s Armed Forces.  Palm Trees, in turn, were synonymous with the parade grounds since British Forces planted them back in 1956. The trees were young.  They grew strong and tall for over sixty years. All new recruits had their famed pass out parade in the shade of these palm trees.

Two years ago, however, the red palm weevil struck.  It struck hard.

A number of trees fell victim to the snout beetle known as the red palm weevil.  The larvae of the beetle bored holes within their trunks, weakened and eventually killed them.  Several had to be felled down.

Kilometres away, more palm trees became iconic in their own right.  90,000 cars went by Kappara\’s palm trees every single day.  The queues generated by the infamous roundabout, known as \’tal-gass\’, gave drivers ample time to spot the palms.

Enter Kappara Project.

The project design entails a 200m flyover that goes smack on top of the roundabout.  The roundabout itself will be lowered by one metre.  The palm trees have to be removed.


The AFM took over the task.  Under the guidance of horticulturalist Ian Lansley, they started digging up the palm trees from the roundabout.  The following day, officers started replanting the palm trees around the parade ground.  Transport Malta saved money, the army will reinvigorate their barracks and the trees get to uphold their iconic status.

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Kappara Niche

Kappara Project will make way for a \"more beautiful Niche\"

 

1989.  John Lauria practiced his hobby as a gardener in a field beneath regional road.  One night he had a dream.  He saw the Madonna on the fence of his field.

It was October and one of his three daughters asked what he wanted for Christmas.  He received a statue of the Madonna.  John put the statue in a box and exhibited it on the fence of his field by Regional road.

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Soon after, people started putting candles and flowers next to the statue.  The statue attracted the attention of authorities who removed it.  John decided to take the matter further.  He chased and pursued his dream until a year after the statue in a box became the niche we know today.  Since then, the Niche has survived 25 years. People send money for the upkeep and the rest goes for charity. 30 organisations have benefited from the Niche.  The latest is Puttinu Cares.  The organisation that cares for children that suffer from cancer, received a cheque of €1,000.

John temporarily closed down the Niche until the Kappara Project is completed.  He took the opportunity to send the statue for restoration.   \”The Kappara project will make way for an even more beautiful and better Niche, once the project is completed\”, John said.

He promised he will keep taking care of the Niche while his health allows.

More passengers using bus

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Transport Malta welcomes the marked increase in public transport patronage.  The authority welcomes the improvement in service offered, increased reliability and better access for information to clients.  Commuters are reaping the benefits of an improved route network.

Transport Malta encourages Malta Public transport to remain focused on further improving the service, continue investing in new technology and plan ahead for the demanding summer months.  The summer season traditionally welcomes numerous visitors and hence a bigger number of bus passengers.  Transport Malta augurs that the experience gained last summer, the strengthened bus fleet and other improvements will help provide a better experience for all bus users.

Transport Malta will remain vigilant and insist on an improved quality service.

Digging up Kappara Palm Trees


Yesterday, the Armed Forces of Malta started digging up the palm trees from the Kappara Junction Roundabout.  Ian Lansley, a professional horticulturalist from the United Kingdom, guided the operation that ran well into the night.  The armed forces, with the help of heavy machinery, dug up three trees and will continue digging up the remaining nine throughout the nights of the coming week.

Mr. Lansley described the operation as difficult.  The roots of the trees went well below the expected one metre average.  The foundations of the roundabout and services that lie beneath made the operation even harder.

Mr. Lansley however was very satisfied with the work and the successful lifts.  He pruned the trees to make it easier for them to survive the recovery period.  The trees are being replanted at the Armed Forces\’ headquarters.

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The removal of the trees is one of the first steps of the Kappara Project.  The trees will make way for the flyover that will be installed in the coming months.

Start of Kappara Project

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Transport Malta has announced that work on the Kappara Junction Project will commence today. The initial works will not disrupt the current traffic arrangements, as the Armed Forces of Malta, under the direction of a British horticulturalist, will start removing the trees from the roundabout tonight.  The trees will be replanted at AFM parade grounds.

The Kappara Junction Project, has an estimated cost of €22.5 million project and will address most of the problems in one of Malta’s arterial roads. This junction links Malta’s North with the South and is a major link into Sliema and Gżira area. The Kappara Junction is used by more than 90,000 vehicles every day. The completed project will eliminate 50% of the traffic load from the roundabout and is expected to be completed in 77 weeks.

The initial phase of the project, taking place in the coming weeks, will involve demolishing existing buildings and work on foundation and retaining walls. There will be no traffic disruptions during these works.

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Phase two of the project is due to commence in May. During this phase drivers are encouraged to take alternative routes. The North and South lanes will remain open most of the time, and work that will interfere with traffic is scheduled to take place during the night and off-peak hours when possible. Lane closures will be done in phases, while the alternative routes will remain accessible throughout the whole project.

An important element of Phase Two of the project is the construction a new service culvert and service ducts. These are required to ensure that the electricity supply is the area is not disrupted at all time. The foundations of the project site have electricity cables that supply the Sliema area and Mater Dei Hospital.  This phase of the project might entail some road closures. The public will be informed of this through its channels. \"K_07\"

Transport Malta recommends that drivers use alternative routes that have been identified and put in place. The Authority has upgraded a number of roads within these routes to cater for a greater influx of cars. Transport Malta will also be introducing a number of measures to mitigate traffic; some parking will be removed to increase alternative route capacity and a constant traffic flow, a number of junctions will be upgraded to facilitate the flow, the priority lanes between Sliema and Ta’ Xbiex will be suspended to increase the road capacity and the route from the Sliema Ferries to Msida will be turned into a two-lane road for vehicles leaving the area.

Public transport will retain normal routes where possible and minimal diversions are expected.

Full information about the project will be available consistently on:

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