The “sleek” new kiosks for Valletta’s Triton Square have finally been installed, causing some to wonder if they had accidentally gotten off near the Freeport in Birżebbuġa instead of near Malta’s capital city.
People said as much about the rectangular brown kiosks on social media, where the similarities between the kiosks and containers at the Freeport were noted.
No, it’s not the Freeport terminal. These are the new kiosks at Triton Square Valletta pic.twitter.com/WQzAVN4yIh
— Keith Micallef (@keith_micallef) March 16, 2018
Others lamented the loss of the open space at the barely-months old Valletta entrance, with some wondering why so much money was spent on revamping the entrance just to fill it with brown kiosks, especially when there are so many kiosks just down the road near the bus terminus.
However, these kiosks have been in the pipeline for over a year now, with then Infrastructure Minister Joe Mizzi unveiling plans for them last April.
He had said they would have a simple iron and wood design, and would ensure uniformity in the square. The hinges at the top of the kiosk will fully open the front panels to create a canopy for customers, as well as revealing the interior.
There are plans to install 10 of these commercial kiosks, as well as two other kiosks, including one for police, according to the plans.