Minister meets Infrastructure Malta team

Reference Number: PR182191, Press Release Issue Date: Oct 11, 2018

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Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg visited the Infrastructure Malta
offices at Luqa and met the agency’s employees and new board of directors.
Dr Borg met the agency’s 80 employees entrusted with the planning of new infrastructure,
management and supervision of major projects, road maintenance, quality assurance, administration,
and other related operations.

The Minister also welcomed Infrastructure Malta’s newly-appointed board of directors, which held
its first meeting earlier the same day. The first board of directors of Infrastructure Malta is chaired by
Perit Raymond Farrugia, the Director General of the Ministry’s Works Division. The deputy
chairperson is Alison Zerafa Civelli. The agency’s Chief Executive Officer Ing. Fredrick Azzopardi,
also sits on the board. The other directors are Ing. Keith Chetcuti, Kevin Decesare, Perit Nadia Gatt
Curmi, Raphael Farrugia, and Dr Graziella Tanti. The board secretary is Dr Luciano Busuttil. Minister
Borg commented that it had been a priority to ensure that the board included members from different
sectors and expertise such as local councils, architecture, engineering, and the business community.
Only in this manner could there be the assurance that the board will be encompassing the qualities
that will ensure that the work of the agency leaves the desired positive mark on the country.
Infrastructure Malta was established in summer 2018 through new legislation passed in Parliament in
July. It is entrusted with the development, maintenance, and upgrading of the road network and other
public infrastructure in the Maltese islands, ranging from multi-million investments in the redesign
and redevelopment of the country’s busiest road network nodes to the development, reconstruction,

and maintenance of residential streets.

Perit Farrugia and Ing. Azzopardi explained that the agency is gradually taking over the infrastructural
responsibilities previously entrusted to Transport Malta, the Maltese transport regulator, local
councils, and other entities currently involved in the maintenance of the road network.
This re-organisation of road infrastructural responsibilities allows Transport Malta’s land transport
directorates to focus on its regulatory functions, such as the management and permitting of road
operations, the future planning, development, and promotion of alternative, sustainable modes of
travel and the enforcement of traffic, and road safety regulations.
At the same time, as more residential roads are taken over by the agency, local councils will be able
to redistribute current road maintenance budgets to increased investment in other social initiatives
benefitting residents in their communities.
The employees of Transport Malta’s Roads and Infrastructure Directorate joined Infrastructure Malta
to ensure that existing expertise in this field continues to support the country’s infrastructural
development. These employees will be given new continued professional development opportunities
to acquire additional skills and qualifications and to advance their careers in road infrastructure
development and other related fields. Infrastructure Malta is also reinforcing this team with new
project managers, planners and other personnel to acquire the necessary resources to meet its strategic
objectives, including the implementation of the Government’s commitment to invest €700 million in

the upgrading of the country’s road network in the next few years.

After meeting the employees, Dr Borg said he was satisfied with the work being done by the new
agency. He appreciates that the agency has hit the ground running, launching major projects and
optimising the resources allocated to other ongoing works, to anticipate completion timeframes and
increase benefits to all road users. The Minister mentioned the exceptional work carried out this
summer where the agency coordinated the implementation of several arterial road upgrade projects
in addition to the ongoing maintenance, repair and rebuilding of residential and rural roads. The
transformation of the main south-central route at Santa Venera, Qormi, and Marsa, and the upgrading
of the two main roundabouts at Żebbuġ are just two of the investments implemented by the agency
since July.
“Infrastructure Malta is using new analytical methods to plan the development of the road network,
and to implement new road designs that can adequately meet the requirements of road users today.
By constantly measuring traffic flows in different segments of the network, the agency can identify
bottlenecks, safety concerns and other difficulties, and introduce improvements to alleviate them.
Infrastructure Malta is also considering demand forecasts and the impact of future residential,
commercial and industrial developments on different parts of the road network to make sure that new
infrastructure can resolve existing difficulties whilst providing the necessary capacity for future
requirements. These are the approaches that we will be adopting and the way that we will be working

– constant evaluation to cater for the dynamicity of our road network,” explained Minister Borg.

The Minister also noted that Infrastructure Malta will be adopting new procedures to maximise
returns on investment through shorter timelines, reduced costs and higher quality in all road works.
“Last week we launched the largest residential road rebuilding call for tenders ever issued in the
Maltese Islands – over 120 roads in all localities, over 25 kilometres of residential roads. This is just
the first batch of many roads we are rebuilding next year. Besides saving time by avoiding longwinded
procurement processes for each road, through this contract we are also asking prospective
bidders to confirm they can take on the amount of work involved. We know that residents suffer when
road works are delayed. We are taking several measures to reduce the risk of such difficulties, so that
the massive infrastructural investment ahead of this new agency is efficiently implemented to give
our families a better, safer environment and high-quality infrastructure outside our homes”.
“This agency will be the motor behind the changes in the country’s infrastructure – it is my

commitment to ensure that the country finally gets the infrastructure it deserves”, concluded Dr Borg.