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CF 117: Improvement of the TEN-T Road Infrastructure (PHASE I)

Project Cost: €49,600,769
Beneficiary: Transport Malta
Line Ministry: Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects
Start Date: 2009
End Date: 2015

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project has reconstructed and upgraded five sections of the Trans-European Network - Transport (TEN-T) road network in Malta. These five projects are of strategic importance and have improved the main road network links to the Air Passenger Temrinal at gudja, The Sea Passenger terminal and Ro-Ro Terminal at in the Grand Habour, the tourist areas in the northern part of Malta, access to the internal seaports at Cirkewwa and the continuation of the main link road from Mgarr Ferry Terminal and Victoria, Gozo's capital city.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life CF
Fund: Cohesion Fund
Operational Objective: To improve journey-time reliability and road safety through upgrades to parts of the TEN-T road infrastructure;
Priority Axis: PA3 Developing the TEN T
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA3 Road Transport Links

Project Objectives

The TEN-T network in Malta comprises of 51km of highway forming the main north-south transport corridor. The feasibility studies undertaken concluded that all 51km required reconstruction to bring them up to standard. To date 8.8km were reconstructed through the assistance from the 2004-2006 EU Cohesion Fund and European Regional Development Fund. A further 3km have been reconstructed from local funds 1999 to 2002. The 5 sections of this project will reconstruct an additional 12km of road.

Project Results

Through the upgrading of the 5 sections of roads indicated above, it is the Government's resolve to make the best from the development of international gateways and national transport systems which will be primarily done through the upgrading of the road network with a view to increasing the connectivity of Malta and improve the backbone transport infrastructure with a view to enhancing competitiveness and improving the quality of life of citizens and visitors. Strategic connectivity between the main towns and the road links leading to the island of Gozo, is vital in creating a knowledge-based economy whereby transport connectivity is an essential asset in successful areas. Reduced journey time enhances productivity and competitiveness particularly in an economy that is highly dependent on service sectors such as tourism. The selected projects are all located on the strategic route that links the airport and the cruise liner terminal with the tourist centres in Malta and Gozo and will facilitate the movement of tourists around the islands.

Project Purpose

The main beneficiaries of the investment in the TEN-T road network infrastructure are local citizens, tourists and the business community in view of the fact that more efficient road networks will result in enhanced business performance, particularly in the transportation of goods and people.