Improvements on new routes
Earlier on, the Gozitan University Group complained that route X1 has been lengthened to go through Mellieħa. GUG correctly stated that Mater Dei and University have been reintroduced in the same route. The GUG’s statement however failed to mention that, as stated in a press release on Friday, Route X1 of 06:45 will no longer go trough Mellieħa, following suggestions of the same students.
The changes announced last Friday and which will be implemented in the coming weeks:
- Very few passengers boarded at St. Luke’s hospital on Mater Dei routes. The routes were thus unnecessarily lengthened. The buses will no longer stop at St. Luke’s hospital. Mater Dei Routes will be around 15 minutes faster. Instead Route 122 between Valletta and St. Luke’s hospital will have its frequency increased.
- Route X1 of 06:45 will no longer go through Mellieħa centre to reduce the time it takes to reach Mater Dei hospital and University from Ċirkewwa.
- Transport Malta and the Mater Dei administration identified a different location for parked buses at the University interchange. The current congestion that results in particular times will thus be reduced.
- Mater Dei routes, route X1 and X2 will serve Mater Dei hospital and University. Passengers will no longer need to change buses at the University interchange.