The Malta Independent 3 December 2021, Friday

Confusion on Hal Far race-track and proposed Metro depot in parliament

Giuseppe Attard Wednesday, 20 October 2021, 20:19 Last update: about 2 months ago

Nationalist Party MP Anthony Bezzina told parliament that both the proposed Hal Far race-track and the proposed metro maintenance depot would occupy the same space.

Speaking during the budget debate on infrastructure, Bezzina went on to ask who the government is fooling with both these proposals occupying the same space.

During his speech, Bezzina spoke in favour of the metro project but insisted that the government has to publish all the necessary studies conducted by the government.

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He also heavily criticised the road widening government projects given that Malta is still facing congestion problems. "In the last days traffic has increased more than before in certain areas especially those where roads were not widened."

Bezzina also hit out at the government for not ordering enough busses to support the measure of free public transport which would commence in October 2022.

In response to this, Transport Minister Ian Borg said that "the reason that the free public transport initiative was not introduced in January was purely because of this. The government needs the time to obtain the vehicles."

In response to further criticism on the Marsascala marina project Borg repeated that there were only three options and the proposed plans for the marina are all in line with the 2006 development plans laid out by the PN.

PN MP David Thake also condemned the minister on the "disaster" in terms of charging points for electric vehicles. He stated that so far the labour government has not installed a single charging point but they might install a few as an electoral gimmick.

In response to this Borg disapproved of the political tactics the opposition was using stating that all Thake was doing was "vomiting hate."


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