The mayors of Birkirkara and Mosta have both given their thumbs up to the contentious Central Link road upgrade project, arguing that it will result in less traffic in their towns’ streets.
“The project will drastically reduce traffic because people who currently drive through the interior streets of Birkirkara will start driving through the Central Link instead,” Birkirkara mayor Joanne Debono Grech told One News. “This means that the environment and air quality will improve for Birkirkara residents.”
Similarly, her Mosta counterpart Romilda Baldacchino Zarb said Mosta residents will benefit from shorter traffic waiting times to cross to the south.
“Undoubtedly, those who use these roads on a daily basis welcome this project with great satisfaction,” she said. “It will connect the north and the south and studies have projected that it will reduce traffic by half.”
Both mayors were elected on the PL ticket and their views were shared on Facebook by Transport Minister Ian Borg.
Rabat mayor Sandro Craus, Mtarfa mayor Daniel Attard and Dingli mayor Raymond Schembri had all already endorsed the project.
Attard mayor Stefan Cordina, elected on the PN ticket, has taken a far more sceptic stance, voting against the project at the Planning Authority. Balzan mayor Ian Spiteri has also come out against it.
The Central Link permit envisages the felling of 549 trees, but Infrastructure Malta CEO Fredrick Azzopardi has said only 440 trees will be uprooted. A further 237 trees will be transplanted to other sites, while at least 766 new trees will be replanted in the area as compensation.