Foundation for Transpport meets new Transport Minister
20 May 2022
The Foundation for Transport of which the Malta Chamber of SMEs is a founding member...
is represented in the C-Liege Project through Paragon Europe that is
coordinating the deployment and implementation of UFT measures in the Local
Council of Hal Tarxien.
the past 12 months, Paragon Europe together with the support of Chev. Paul
Farrugia, Mayor of Hal Tarxien, has organised three roundtables, where major
Maltese stakeholders (Transport Malta, GRTU, traffic police and other
neighbouring Local Councils) gathered and discussed best practices that would
assist Hal Tarxien to solve some of the problems related to freight traffic in
the city centre. Moreover, a public event was organized on December 19th 2012,
and the citizens were invited to bring their suggestions and ideas to improve
the measures previously identified.
Farrugia and the other stakeholders agreed on working on four actions. The
first will be a pilot re-routing of traffic in Id-Dejma road, where freight
traffic will be closed to vehicles heavier than 3.5 tonnes during rush hours
(7-10am and 4-7pm) in order to relieve an already congested road. The second
includes the deployment of extra loading and unloading bays to support shop owners.
The third and the fourth will represent management measures.
Freight Quality Partnership will be set up, creating a permanent forum in Hal
Tarxien chaired by a City Logistic Manager and the Mayor to regularly discuss
freight transport issues and come up with concrete policies. The FQP will also
be in charge of creating a Local Freight Development Plan, the last of the four
identified measures, which will contain the mid and long-term measures to be
discussed and implemented.
Paul Farrugia has expressed his concern regarding the problems that freight
traffic is creating in his city and committed himself to making Hal Tarxien the
first Maltese Local Council to have such a permanent forum and pointed out the
importance of a freight transport long-term plan during the C-Liege Workshop
held in Newcastle in October 2012. During his speech, Chev. Farrugia declared
that "thanks to C-LIEGE, we will embark on efforts to develop both a societal
and a regulatory framework for sustainable urban logistics. We need to change
mentality. The C-LIEGE project is a boost for my local Council to start
educating our citizens in the values of sustainable mobility."
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