Transport Malta had been requested by Government to draft a National Transport Strategy (NTS) and Transport Master Plan (TMP). The NTS sets the policy and framework for transport in the Maltese Islands and will develop a vision and pathway for transport to/from and within Malta up to 2050. A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) was undertaken as part of the development of the Transport Master Plan.
The Transport Master Plan considered all transport sectors including land transport, ports and ferries, public transport and air transport; for areas of particular intervention, and includes requirements for specific measures, as well as further detailed sector action plans. The Transport Master Plan has prioritised the extensive list of transport infrastructure projects and policy measures to be implemented by 2025. The work being carried out in this respect can be found here
Following Cabinet approval, Transport Malta has been instructed by the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure (formerly as the Ministry for Infrastructure, Transport and Communications) to commission detailed feasibility studies on a road-tunnel link between Malta and Gozo. This follows expert findings that in principle, and on the basis of a preliminary and high level review, a road link is technologically doable and may be economically feasible.
In July 2011, through the EU JASPERS program of technical assistance to Malta, Transport Malta obtained the services of Mott MacDonald to carry out a preliminary analysis of road tunnel link options between Malta and Gozo.
The study presents a high level analysis of different tunnel options based on existing data, studies, information, site visits and various discussions with stakeholders.
For further information on the preliminary analysis conducted, please click here.
Transport Malta is currently participating in a number of EU funded projects that will allow it to establish baselines and draft policies to reduce the carbon footprint of transport.
Port PVEV (ports & maritime transport) - making ports more energy efficient through generation of renewable energy and the use of electric mobility in port areas.
D-Air (airport & aviation transport) - creating a baseline carbon footprint study for the commercial airport operations, it will be possible to identify methods of reducing the impact of both travel to/from the airport as well as within the airport boundary.
STREETS (land transport) - by further enhancing Transport Malta's ability to collect, store and analyse transport related geographical based data, further Integrated Strategies for Sustainable Transport in Malta will become possible.
Previously, the national transport strategy was governed by the Structure Plan for the Maltese Islands.
The Structure Plan incorporated the plans made in 1990 for the following twenty years. In defining the various geographical parts of Malta and the transportation needs between, the Structure Plan defined certain critical transport infrastructure such as roads, ports and airports, and provided land use planning for their environs.
Supported by the Local Plans (2006), the Structure Plan defines areas available for transport infrastructure and also structured the definition of the road transport network into Arterial, Distributor and Local roads based on function.
The Structure Plan (1990) is currently being updated as the “Structure Plan for Environment and Development”.
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