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Mobility Measure

SUMP for Valletta

A sustainable urban mobility plan (SUMP) shall be compiled for Valletta and its surrounding region which hosts almost 50% of the Maltese population, the main commercial districts, the most popular tourist destinations as well as the two main international gateways; the Malta International Airport and the Cruise Port Terminal.

Implementing sustainable mobility

This measure will introduce the concept of SUMP in Malta and draw up a SUMP for the Valletta Region. A sustainable urban mobility plan shall be compiled for Valletta and its surrounding region which hosts the main commercial districts, the most popular tourist destinations as well as the two main international gateways; the Malta International Airport and the Cruise Port Terminal.

The SUMP shall explore innovative solutions, as yet untested on the island, in order to improve mobility patterns, meet demands in the transport sector and overall contribute towards making transport sustainable.  Some of the measures to be included in the final SUMP shall be tried and tested during the DESTINATIONS project in order to assess their feasibility in practice; thus allowing for the necessary improvements to be made to the measures prior to them being included in the long term plan.

Objectives

The following are the objectives which the SUMP for the Valletta Region aims to achieve:

1. Reducing the role of the personal car in the busy, congested urban ‘hub’;

2. Reduce the impact of high polluting vehicles in inner congested urban areas;

3. Make use of existing and emerging technologies to improve the quality of life (safety, accessibility) on the road;

4. Improve intermodal seamless mobility;

5. Engage in better transport planning at the local level;

6. Engage in sustainable logistics which do not act negatively towards urban congestion and the environment.

 

How will this be achieved?

The SUMP process will pass through three main phases of analysis, vision building and implementation of measures, evaluation and monitoring of results to learn from past experience and enable adaptations as necessary.

In Month 8, the SUMP baseline was prepared and submitted. This is a collection of data obtained through desktop research and details the demographic and the current mobility context in the Northern and Southern Harbour Region of Malta (SUMP study area). It also identifies the major stakeholders that will be consulted in the SUMP development process. Data collection carried out for the SUMP definition will provide the common baseline for the design of all the services planned at site level, facilitating its integration in the planning phase.

The SUMP feasibility study was initiated in Month 14. This aims to analyse the scenarios and priorities of the SUMP as well as measure the feasibility and expected impacts of the measures to be proposed. The feasibility analysis process, which includes further data collection, is expected to continue until Month 26. Throughout this period the report will continue to be updated based on new data and the outcomes of meetings with major stakeholders and experts in the field. Possible measures to be included in the SUMP will be identified and developed through a feasibility analysis (including timeline and implementation plan).

In Month 30 a refined version of the SUMP, which will include result indicators, identification of measure owners and budget plan, will be available to be presented to the stakeholders. This mid-term stakeholder event will initiate a cycle where feedback from the stakeholders will be received and considered for the updating of the SUMP until the final version of the SUMP is prepared in Month 45 and presented to the general public for consultation. The final SUMP version will also incorporate the data collected and results from the various pilot projects, also part of the DESTINATIONS project in Malta.

In the long-term, the SUMP will act as common framework reference for the future integration of mobility measures under a common strategic view. A monitoring process for key mobility indicators will be defined for corrective actions and future improvements.

How did the measure progress?

In Month 8, the SUMP baseline was prepared and submitted. The document details the current demographic and mobility context in the SUMP study area.

The major stakeholders that will be consulted during the SUMP development process have been identified and consultations commenced in October 2017 with the first major stakeholder forum where the main challenges and user needs were identified during six thematic workshops held during the meeting.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

Stakeholder Consultations held so far gave a better understanding of the current scenario and the mobility issues that need to be addressed by the SUMP.

The next stage includes one-to-one meetings with all the Local Councils falling within the Valletta Region (29 in total) in order to better understand the more localised challenges and adapt the measures being proposed to specifically address these challenges.

The final outcome is the SUMP which will be approved by the stakeholders through public consultation and forwarded for political endorsement. This SUMP for the Valletta Region is expected to be the first road map for sustainable mobility in the Maltese Islands and aims to inspire other Maltese regions to develop their own SUMP.

Basic Information

MAL 2.1
Ongoing
December 2016

Thematic Areas