Funds allocated for improvement of Gozo ferry service – Minister Borg
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Dr Ian Borg has addressed a press conference today about Budget 2018 measures which will affect his Ministry.
Dr Borg said that there are allocated funds for the improvement of the Gozo ferry service. He also reminded those present of the ongoing studies in relation to the Malta-Gozo tunnel project and the mass rapid transport system.
Minister Borg mentioned the incentive of free public transport which will be extended to all youths from 16 to 20 years of age, following the success of the same scheme for 18-year-olds in 2017.
The Minister added that they will be extending the VAT refund scheme on bikes and electric bikes, as well as a number of other incentives which should aid cyclists, such as urban corridors which have been identified in certain areas.
Dr Borg went on to talk about the free supervised transport being introduced for students attending all schools in Malta and Gozo as from the ensuing scholastic year of 2018.
“These incentives,” he emphasised, “are means which the Ministry will be using to move citizens closer to alternative modes of transport, and in this way, we’ll be doing our part in the fight against congestion and traffic.”
Minister Borg said that whilst for the current year, the Ministry was looking at a €13 million investment in road infrastructure, for the year 2018, the Ministry will be allocating a total of €58.65 million.
Among the projects for 2017, the Minister mentioned several that will take place for road widening, work on new residential roads, modernisation of several tunnels to name but a few.
Photograph: DOI/ Clodagh Farrugia O’Neill