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Mobility Measure

Further integrate ferries into the public transport network

A new bus transport route is being piloted. The route connects the ferry landing site (which connects Sliema and Valletta through a sea link) to the main bus terminus at the entrance of the city and the Park and Ride located in Floriana (on the approach road to Valletta). 

Implementing sustainable mobility

In 2016, ferry transport accounted for just 1% of the national modal split. However, great potential exists to shift commuting to Valletta from the road to the sea. By connecting the ferry landing sites more conveniently with public transport, the ferry network will become integrated within the holistic public transport system, thus becoming more accessible and user-friendly for tourists and residents alike.

Objectives

The following are the objectives which the integration of ferries into the public transport system aims to achieve:

  1. Encourage sustainable transport behaviour among tourists;
  2. Encourage a modal shift from private to public transport;
  3. Improve the accessibility and attractiveness of public transport;
  4. Encourage and improve intermodality; and,
  5. Reduce congestion by shifting mobility patterns from land to sea transport.

How will this be achieved?

The measure was designed to have a retrofitted, LPG-powered bus connecting the ferry landing site in Valletta to central Valletta. This will spare passengers from climbing the steep hill to reach central Valletta, something which discourages many people from using the ferry. This connection should help make the ferry service more attractive. 

In parallel, a study will be compiled to assess how the ferry landing site can be more permanently connected to the centre of Valletta.

How did the measure progress?

Since the inception of the project, usage of the ferry has increased dramatically. Following one-to-one meetings with Malta Public Transport to discuss the pilot project's design, the public transport operator showed interest in and took up the circular service as part of its operations. The service is now fully operational and integrated into the overall bus network. 

Transport Malta has been acting as a monitor of this service and performs data collection; this is invaluable in improving the already existing service.

What were the outcomes of the measure?

By shifting commuters from roads to the sea, congestion and the associated pollution should decrease. Should the integration of the ferry service prove successful, it will also help attract more users to the notion of intermodality.

The study to permanently connect the ferry landing site to central Valletta has also been concluded and the results were incorporated into Valletta's SUMP Action Plan.  

Basic Information

MAL 7.1
Implemented
December 2016

Thematic Areas