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Mobility Measure

SUMP for Valletta

A Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) shall be developed for Valletta and its surrounding region.

Implementing sustainable mobility

This measure will introduce the concept of SUMP in Malta and draw up a SUMP for the Valletta Region (the city and its the surroundings). This is home to around 50% of Malta's population, the main commercial districts, the most popular tourist destinations, as well as two international gateways; 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 contribute towards making transport generally more sustainable. 

Some of the measures to be included in the final SUMP shall be tested during the DESTINATIONS project in order to assess their feasibility. This will allow the necessary measure improvements to be made prior to their inclusion included in the long-term plan.


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 highly polluting vehicles in congested, inner-city areas;
  3. Make use of existing and emerging technologies to improve the quality of life (safety, accessibility) on the road;
  4. Improve seamless intermodal mobility;
  5. Engage in better transport planning at the local level; and,
  6. Make urban logistics in the city sustainable, thereby minimising negative impacts on congestion and the environment.

How will this be achieved?

The SUMP process will pass through three main phases: first a situational analysis; then vision building and implementation of measures; and finally evaluation and monitoring of the measures. This facilitates learning from past experience and the adaptation of measures as necessary.

In month 8, the SUMP baseline was prepared and submitted. This involved data collection via desktop research. The final baseline details the demographic and the 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 included further data collection, was completed in Month 26. Throughout this period, the report was 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 were identified and developed through the feasibility analysis (including timeline and implementation plan) in June 2019.

A refined version of the SUMP, which will include result indicators, identification of measure owners and a 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. This will be considered in future updates of the SUMP until its final version is prepared in Month 45 and presented to the general public for consultation.

The final SUMP will also incorporate the data collected and results from the various pilot projects taking place in Malta as part of DESTINATIONS.

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 to be consulted during the SUMP development process have been identified, with the consultation process commencing in October 2018 with the first major stakeholder forum. At this, the main challenges and user needs were identified during six thematic workshops.

Further targeted workshops and one-to-one consultation meetings were held throughout 2018. From these meetings, Transport Malta gathered the horizontal challenges which need to be addressed by the SUMP.  In June 2019, Transport Malta drafted the first list of identified measures and an internal consultation workshop was held to discuss these measures prior to further external consultations.

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.

This was followed by 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 that the SUMP 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 on the Maltese islands and aims to inspire other Maltese regions to develop their own SUMP.

Basic Information

MAL 2.1
December 2016

Thematic Areas