PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS

Budget 2020 Inkomplu Nikbru Flimkien: Budget 2020 measures for the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

“Today we have a Government which started with an unpleasant economic situation but was determined to get our country back on its feet, because it believed that the Maltese people deserve nothing less than anybody else. This year we experienced the success achieved by our country. Budget 2020 looks ahead to continue growing together. We have a stronger and more social budget than ever before, fostering Government’s holistic vision with a social spirit, working for the people”, stated Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg during a press conference in St James Ditch, Valletta, where an adequate shelter for people making use of this terminus is being installed.

Alternative means of transport

Minister Borg explained that this year, Government invested Euros 2.5 million in six different schemes for alternative and sustainable means, benefitting 1,870 people, including 239 individuals who bought pedelecs or small electric motorcycles. Euros 2 million in grants over two years have led to 340 electric cars replacing polluting ones.

Budget 2020 once again incentivises these alternative means with an investment of Euros 3.6 million.

Budget 2020 once again exempts buyers of electric cars from registration tax and gives subsidised electric rates for those charging these vehicles at home.

Public Transport

The public transport service has made great leaps in the last years. 2018 saw a record of almost 54 million passengers, 60% more than 2011. This is the result of continuous investment.

This year, the operator invested Euros 9 million in 40 more sustainable and more accessible vehicles, while the Government continued investing in routes and commodities. Today all buses have free Wi-Fi and work is underway on more comfortable bus shelters, with 30 new bus shelters installed together with the one being done now in St James Ditch in the Valletta terminus at 225 metres with an investment of around Euros 400,000.

This year, more than 35,600 youths aged 14 to 20 and full-time students benefitted from free public transport, making 5.6 million trips 13% of the total trips for 2019.

Budget 2020 will once again give this incentive while extending it to all elderly people aged 75 or older, 19,000 elderly people.

By the end of the year, the Government will implement the same benefit for persons with disability.

Infrastructure

This is the Government that has made an unprecedented investment in the country’s infrastructure.

This year more than Euros 100 million were committed for 290 residential roads, with more than 100 ready or in progress, while work is underway or complete on 100 other rural roads. Euros 64 million were invested on 14 projects on arterial roads for a more efficient and safer network with less emissions and better quality roads.

The first two flyover structures were opened in Marsa, and Government has now announced further milestones for January and March. By the end of next year, this unprecedented project will be complete. In the meantime, 2020 will also see work on the Santa Lucija tunnels, the Central Link Project, the Msida Creek Project, the widening of St Andrews Road and the new tunnels.

Budget 2020 once again focuses on facilities for alternative means as we saw in Tac-Cawsli, Vjal ix-Xarolla and Luqa Road among others. Work will be carried out on the pedestrian bridges in Luqa, Blata l-Bajda and Corradino, together with pedestrian and cycling facilities in major projects and other arterial roads.

Maritime Infrastructure

Minister Borg referred to the popularity of the ferry services. This year saw extensive improvements on the Marsamxett landing site, together with extensive investment on maritime infrastructure for fishermen.

Budget 2020 will see to the continued improvement of other existing landing sites while new landing sites will continue being studied in Marsascala, Marsaxlokk, Mellieha and St Paul’s Bay.

Work is also underway on plans for the Malta-Gozo tunnel.

Maritime and Aviation

The maritime and aviation sectors are two pillars of the economy bringing a lot of good results. The maritime register today has more than 8,370 ships with more than 82.5 million gross tonnes, an increase of 6% over last December and more than 800 superyachts registered.

The goal for these two sectors is for more growth. In the aviation sector in particular, the Government has the target of 400 aircraft and 40 Air Operator Certificates by the end of the year and the exploration of new niches.

The Property Sector

This year saw a lot of good work including the scheme for the transfer or agricultural land and the scheme for the redemption of temporary emphyteusis or lease.

Budget 2020 will continue working to set up the Malta Construction and Building Authority and on other important reforms.

Budget 2020 will reopen the schemes ‘Irrestawra Darek’ and those for the purchase of vacant UCA properties, the purchase of property in Gozo, second-time buyers and first-time buyers.

Work in Communities

In the last year and a half, the Public Works Department implemented tens of projects valued at Euros 3.5 million in several communities in our country, while the Development Planning Fund led to more than 100 projects in various localities. By the end of this year, Infrastructure Malta will have planted 6,700 trees in several different localities for a better environment.

This work will continue being implemented in the same spirit.

Capital Projects

Work will continue on a national level for the improvement of quality of life. Government is investing Euros 20 million in the Malta National Park, a capital project giving 450,000 square metres of different experiences open spaces, camping and concert facilities, a bike park, a regenerated farmers market and dog park, a lagoon area and the National Archives together with a segregated 4-kilometre walking and cycling track.

“On the 14th October, eight days ago, we listened to the plans put forward by this Government, the announcement of well-planned measures for the people to continue growing with the country’s success. This is a holistic budget, looking at every sector, delivering, social, economic, tangible and intangible measures to Maltese and Gozitan people. To continue working towards success, working to ensure that in Malta we can continue growing together”, concluded Minister Ian Borg.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS

Budget 2020 Inkomplu Nikbru Flimkien: Budget 2020 measures for the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects

“Today we have a Government which started with an unpleasant economic situation but was determined to get our country back on its feet, because it believed that the Maltese people deserve nothing less than anybody else. This year we experienced the success achieved by our country. Budget 2020 looks ahead to continue growing together. We have a stronger and more social budget than ever before, fostering Government’s holistic vision with a social spirit, working for the people”, stated Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg during a press conference in St James Ditch, Valletta, where an adequate shelter for people making use of this terminus is being installed.

Alternative means of transport

Minister Borg explained that this year, Government invested Euros 2.5 million in six different schemes for alternative and sustainable means, benefitting 1,870 people, including 239 individuals who bought pedelecs or small electric motorcycles. Euros 2 million in grants over two years have led to 340 electric cars replacing polluting ones.

Budget 2020 once again incentivises these alternative means with an investment of Euros 3.6 million.

Budget 2020 once again exempts buyers of electric cars from registration tax and gives subsidised electric rates for those charging these vehicles at home.

Public Transport

The public transport service has made great leaps in the last years. 2018 saw a record of almost 54 million passengers, 60% more than 2011. This is the result of continuous investment.

This year, the operator invested Euros 9 million in 40 more sustainable and more accessible vehicles, while the Government continued investing in routes and commodities. Today all buses have free Wi-Fi and work is underway on more comfortable bus shelters, with 30 new bus shelters installed together with the one being done now in St James Ditch in the Valletta terminus at 225 metres with an investment of around Euros 400,000.

This year, more than 35,600 youths aged 14 to 20 and full-time students benefitted from free public transport, making 5.6 million trips 13% of the total trips for 2019.

Budget 2020 will once again give this incentive while extending it to all elderly people aged 75 or older, 19,000 elderly people.

By the end of the year, the Government will implement the same benefit for persons with disability.

Infrastructure

This is the Government that has made an unprecedented investment in the country’s infrastructure.

This year more than Euros 100 million were committed for 290 residential roads, with more than 100 ready or in progress, while work is underway or complete on 100 other rural roads. Euros 64 million were invested on 14 projects on arterial roads for a more efficient and safer network with less emissions and better quality roads.

The first two flyover structures were opened in Marsa, and Government has now announced further milestones for January and March. By the end of next year, this unprecedented project will be complete. In the meantime, 2020 will also see work on the Santa Lucija tunnels, the Central Link Project, the Msida Creek Project, the widening of St Andrews Road and the new tunnels.

Budget 2020 once again focuses on facilities for alternative means as we saw in Tac-Cawsli, Vjal ix-Xarolla and Luqa Road among others. Work will be carried out on the pedestrian bridges in Luqa, Blata l-Bajda and Corradino, together with pedestrian and cycling facilities in major projects and other arterial roads.

Maritime Infrastructure

Minister Borg referred to the popularity of the ferry services. This year saw extensive improvements on the Marsamxett landing site, together with extensive investment on maritime infrastructure for fishermen.

Budget 2020 will see to the continued improvement of other existing landing sites while new landing sites will continue being studied in Marsascala, Marsaxlokk, Mellieha and St Paul’s Bay.

Work is also underway on plans for the Malta-Gozo tunnel.

Maritime and Aviation

The maritime and aviation sectors are two pillars of the economy bringing a lot of good results. The maritime register today has more than 8,370 ships with more than 82.5 million gross tonnes, an increase of 6% over last December and more than 800 superyachts registered.

The goal for these two sectors is for more growth. In the aviation sector in particular, the Government has the target of 400 aircraft and 40 Air Operator Certificates by the end of the year and the exploration of new niches.

The Property Sector

This year saw a lot of good work including the scheme for the transfer or agricultural land and the scheme for the redemption of temporary emphyteusis or lease.

Budget 2020 will continue working to set up the Malta Construction and Building Authority and on other important reforms.

Budget 2020 will reopen the schemes ‘Irrestawra Darek’ and those for the purchase of vacant UCA properties, the purchase of property in Gozo, second-time buyers and first-time buyers.

Work in Communities

In the last year and a half, the Public Works Department implemented tens of projects valued at Euros 3.5 million in several communities in our country, while the Development Planning Fund led to more than 100 projects in various localities. By the end of this year, Infrastructure Malta will have planted 6,700 trees in several different localities for a better environment.

This work will continue being implemented in the same spirit.

Capital Projects

Work will continue on a national level for the improvement of quality of life. Government is investing Euros 20 million in the Malta National Park, a capital project giving 450,000 square metres of different experiences open spaces, camping and concert facilities, a bike park, a regenerated farmers market and dog park, a lagoon area and the National Archives together with a segregated 4-kilometre walking and cycling track.

“On the 14th October, eight days ago, we listened to the plans put forward by this Government, the announcement of well-planned measures for the people to continue growing with the country’s success. This is a holistic budget, looking at every sector, delivering, social, economic, tangible and intangible measures to Maltese and Gozitan people. To continue working towards success, working to ensure that in Malta we can continue growing together”, concluded Minister Ian Borg.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister