The Malta Independent 3 March 2024, Sunday
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TM CEO will ‘personally intervene’ on traffic calming measures at Central Link – Attard mayor

Semira Abbas Shalan Thursday, 25 May 2023, 15:24 Last update: about 10 months ago

Transport Malta CEO Jonathan Borg will personally intervene to materialise traffic calming measures on the Central Link Road in Tumas Chetcuti Street in Attard, Attard Mayor Stefan Cordina said.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, following the death of 17-year-old Kacey Sciberras when the driver of a car she was a passenger in lost control of the vehicle, Cordina said that he was personally contacted by Borg yesterday, effectively holding a meeting today.

Transport Malta said in a separate statement that it is taking action in Attard but did not indicate that any speed cameras will be installed.

Cordina said that Borg, who became new CEO of Transport Malta just four weeks ago, showed great interest and gave his word that he will do everything possible to move forward with implementing traffic calming measures on the road.

Cordina said that he was informed that the transport authority only issues permissions for speed cameras and other traffic calming measures to be done, but there are other entities involved in the process of implementing them.

“I urge the concerned authorities to make an effort in the process,” Cordina said.

Cordina said that progress is being shown through Borg’s pledge.

The Attard local council had been asking Transport Malta to implement speed cameras along Central Link since November 2021, when they were told that a study was being done on speed along the road.

Cordina said that the council received results of the TM survey in 2022. He said that the local council concerns were highlighted, which is the whole bypass.

Cordina continued that the maximum speeds reached in both directions, meaning from Rabat to the Central Link, and direction to Mriehel, was higher than the average speed. The maximum speed in both directions reaches up to 157km/h and 142 km/h.

“We expected that when this result came out, this would have raised a red flag,” Cordina said.

Cordina said that since a meeting with TM last year, when they were informed that they were still waiting for an audit report on studies, fell to deaf ears as they had not heard anything prior to the CEO’s contact.

From that point on, the council had submitted an application to install a speed camera at Central Link, he said.

When asked if there were any definitive measures to be implemented soon, or a timeframe in which this will happen, Cordina said that the CEO gave no timeframe, but it is already a big step for him to intervene.

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