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PR200934en

16/05/2020

PRESS RELEASE BY THE MINISTRY FOR TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS AND THE MINISTRY FOR TOURISM AND CONSUMER PROTECTION

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€3.2 million for a new parking solution for the Birżebbuġa Community

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg and Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli visited the Freeport area in Birżebbuġa where a new parking solution will be built nearby with an investment of €3.2 million from the Ministry for Tourism and financed by Malta Freeport as part of a joint collaboration with Projects Plus Limited which is the entity responsible for the tendering and implementation of the project.

Minister Ian Borg said, “Here we can once again see a holistic project which will provide a solution for Freeport workers, residents and workers of the businesses in this village, as well as the hundreds of people who visit this area during the summer months. Government is committed to continue working to offer wise and sustainable solution for our transport challenges, including the issue of parking. While we continue working to incentivise the use of collective transport and smaller means, we will remain committed to improve road infrastructure and deliver public infrastructure such as this, towards more progress for all Maltese and Gozitan people.”

Minister Borg also made reference to the changing points that will be available on every floor of the building for electric vehicles and said that this goes hand in hand with the Government’s vision to facilitate the move to a cleaner transport culture.

Minister for Tourism and Consumer Protection Julia Farrugia Portelli said that this project will breathe new life into the Birżebbuġa community and can now officially become a reality after just this week a call was issued towards a much deserved parking facility for residents and those visiting Birżebbuġa. With an investment of €3.2 million by the Malta Freeport, the Minister added that apart from mitigating the parking problem, this parking facility will complement a holistic strategy for Birżebbuġa as the zone is expecting 2 major projects by the Tourism Ministry for families, including a family park in Bengħisa.

The parking building will be divided on three floors and there will be space for 450 vehicles. The ground floor will be dedicated to Freeport workers while the other two levels will be open to the general public. The project is expected to start this October.