Malta’s Shadow Transport Minister has slammed the decision to close off a major intersection and nearby roads early Monday morning.
“Same story every day,” Adrian Delia said after scores of peopletook to social media to complain over how their morning commute was severely affected.
“A government without a plan, and our streets in total chaos,” he continued, before tagging Transport Minister Aaron Farrugia and asking three questions.
He raised a number of points, including why works weren’t being done during the night to avoid the chaos happening in the day, as well as not having works happen as other works are being concluded nearby.
“Works on arterial routes that lead to Valletta or other touristic zones shouldn’t occur at the peak of the touristic season,” he also pointed out.
Commuters found themselves stuck in traffic this morning after the main road connecting Msida to Valletta had been closed for roadworks which are expected to last just over two weeks.
The road in question – the northbound carriageway of Vjal L-Indipendenza in Pietà – was closed this morning for what Infrastructure Malta called “maintenance and resurfacing works.”
By late morning, in fact, Malta Public Transport had to issue a statement on the “severe delays” which had hit no less than 26 different bus routes
“Unfortunately, this road closure has also resulted in very slow-moving traffic in other various parts of the island, and is negatively impacting many routes and the overall public transport service reliability and punctuality,” the statement continued, apologising for the inconvenience while promising to still try to “provide the best public transport service possible under the circumstances.”
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