In light of the steady increase in population and, consequently, of cars on our roads, the Maltese authorities have teamed up with Luxembourg-based expertise as part of an EU-funded project aimed at rethinking Malta’s national strategy on sustainable mobility.
The choice fell on LuxMobility, a consulting company that specialises in mobility and eco-responsible transport, reports RTL Lëtzebuerg, Luxembourg’s main media outlet, in its ‘De Magazin’ current affairs programme. It specifically mentions a project aimed at analysing the current situation and proposing solutions for a greener, urban mobility for Malta.
Dutchman Patrick Van Egmond, Managing Director at LuxMobility, pointed out why it made sense for the smallest EU Member State to exploit expertise from the second smallest one (Malta is eight times smaller than Luxembourg) on this project, that started in December 2022 and will run until the end of the current year. “Both countries do not have a large population, but are plagued with a lot of traffic, especially in the morning and evening during peak hours,” he said, noting that Malta has already followed in Luxembourg’s footsteps by making public transport free of charge.
Malta is, in fact, the most densely populated country in the EU, with its population having doubled within a century without counting the over 2 million tourists visiting each year. Unlike Luxembourg, which uses buses, trams, and trains, in Malta the bus and ferries are the only means of public transport.
Noting that in Malta traffic accidents increased by 18 percent within a year, RTL Lëtzebuerg says that LuxMobility are, together with the Ministry responsible for Transport in Malta considering a concept to create pedestrian zones and cycle paths and also to develop car sharing. In addition to this, the idea is to have buses running more often.
“I think that it is interesting to work together with LuxMobility to achieve our goals. Through their experience, they can analyse what we do, what we can do better, and also propose new ideas that we would not have thought of. This exercise allows us to think differently and that helps us a lot,” RTL Lëtzebuerg quotes Michael Callus, Transport Malta’s Chairman, as saying.
The news report states that, as early as 2030, people should be able to move around Malta in a different way.
A spokesperson from Transport Malta confirmed with The Journal that the facts as reported by RTL Lëtzebuerg are correct. We remain interested in the developments and anticipate further information about the project being made available to the public at the appropriate time.
📺 Watch the RTL Lëtzebuerg report here.
Main photo: Screenshot from RTL Lëtzebuerg’s programme ‘De Magazin’