Inauguration of the pedestrian and cycling bridge in Blata l-Bajda

Reference Number: PR201270, Press Release Issue Date: Jul 04, 2020
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg, Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera and Parliamentary Secretary for European Funds Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi inaugurated the 110-metre pedestrian and cycling bridge in Blata l-Bajda, built with an investment of around €2 million co-financed by the European Fund for Regional Development.

Minister Ian Borg said, “Our infrastructural commitment goes hand in hand with the commitment for a more sustainable transport sector. This project creates a safe space for alternative means of transport, and forms part of a chain of other investments including other bridges, segregated tracks, dedicated lanes and priority spaces on our road network. I look forward to seeing more safe infrastructural facilities for cyclists and pedestrians, more facilities for public transport passengers and a holistic move towards a more sustainable transport sector.”

Parliamentary Secretary Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi explained that this project forms part of a series of projects with the investment of €37 million. He said that this will address the problem of bottlenecks causing traffic congestion and other initiatives in a holistic manner in order to reduce air pollution, so that the infrastructure and the environmental objectives are met. He emphasised that this project will provide a more accessible route for everyone, whilst providing a platform for alternative methods of transport.

 “I appreciate the work being carried out by the Ministry for Infrastructure for its sensitivity to the needs of local councils.  I am also pleased with the excellent collaboration that exists between the two ministries leading to a more common good,” stated Minister Herrera.

This bridge will replace the pelican lights used by pedestrians. The facility creates direct access to five bus stops and includes low ramps, lifts and stairs for full accessibility for all.