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ERDF 183: Vertical Connection - Better accessibility through innovative and cleaner transport

Project Cost: €2,355,570
Beneficiary: Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation
Line Ministry: Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure
Start Date: 2009
End Date: 2013

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

The project will connect the lowest part of Valletta and the highest point of the City through the installation of a lift. The lift will facilitate accessibility to the centre of the City and the waterfront guaranteeing modal shift adopting a cleaner transport technology.

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Priority Axis: PA6 Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA6 Internal Mobility

Project Objectives

The project is designed to provide greater access between Valletta's waterfront and the heart of the City through a vertical link. Hence encourage a modal shift towards non-car modes when commuting to Valletta. In general terms the objectives are:
1. To provide a vertical link to enhance connectivity between the existing and proposed activities on the Valletta and Cottonera waterfronts;
2. Catalyse through this vertical connectivity a comprehensive transport strategy for Valletta integrating multi-modal systems
3. Bring eco-friendly traffic and promote new technology
4. Encourage travel behaviour change (modal-shift)
5. Provide direct and inviting links to public transport nodes and other  different travel modes
6. Alleviate traffic congestion on Valletta Peninsula
7. Complement and support the development of other projects in the immediate context

Project Results

The direct beneficiaries of the project include:
1. The local population of Valletta and Grand Harbour area with a possible of increased mobility and accessibility even directed at persons with impairment. The Lifts will interconnect various transit nodes from the centre of Valletta to the waterfront.
2. In the longer term after the full implementation of the transit strategy in the harbour  are including the implementation of the Ferries, the public transport system upgrade and the electric mini cabs and the CVA the 13 local councils in the harbour area will benefit with more e accessible transit and more rapid systems with shorter journey times.
3. The other beneficiaries include the international tourist and enhancing their journey through modal spilt and make the day stay from Cruise Liners more sustainable. The attractive Vertical connection and comfort may entice further Cruise Liner travellers to disembark and visit the City or the environs.

Project Purpose

The project is designed to provide greater access between Valletta's waterfront and the heart of the City through a vertical link. With the redevelopment of the Location of Valletta's main area will have a new lease of life. This new project would sustain the projects already underway and encourage further public and private investment in the area. It would sustain ancillary operational transit systems. It will spur the urban resistance more sustainable and make Valletta a more attractive City for living and enhance the quality of life of the existing local and working community.