Is talk of the Malta-Gozo tunnel link just pre-election rubbish
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“Not hard to tell that an election is drawing close as the Gozo/Malta tunnel has been brought out of the cupboard and dusted down. Now I’m a tourist. When I come to Gozo I’m more than happy to use the ferry as I find it a nice relaxing way to arrive on the island.
It’s different though for all those Gozitan folks who are forced to travel to Malta daily to work or to attend school or whatever. They really need a quicker way of getting from A to B and that can only be achieved by a fixed link of some description. Imagine the difference it would make to people’s lives to be able to drive over to the island in a few minutes rather than waiting sometimes for hours to get a ferry.
People are saying spend the money on roads and other important things. I say how long have you lived on Malta or Gozo? Have the roads got any better? No they haven’t because for some reason Maltese contractors don’t have a clue how to build a road to last.
I’m driving on roads on a daily basis that I first drove on 40 years ago. They have never been dug up, repaired, patched, they just were built right to start with. Money spent on roads in Malta is like money down the drain. A perfect example is the new road they built down into Xlendi. It is as bad if not worse than it was before they ‘improved’ it.
And I think you can be assured that any tunnel would not be constructed by Transport Malta. Can you imagine what a nightmare that would be? If a tunnel were to be built it would have to be contracted out to people who know what they are doing like the Norwegians. They have been doing this for decades so I think you could be sure that it wouldn’t leak.
At the end of the day though I wouldn’t worry about it as I’m sure this is all just the usual pre-election rubbish that you Maltese must be used to by now.
If PN win the election they will probably be more interested in re-instating their extra 500 Euros a week that they gave up in the lead up to the local elections. If PL win they are going to have to try and deal with the debt that the PL have left the country in. No matter which party wins they are going to be lumbered with paying off the cost of Gonzi’s Wendy House for the next 20 years, so either way you will be lucky to see a bridge or tunnel anytime soon.”
James A. Tyrrell,