GUG discusses student transport issues with Minister Borg
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The Gozo University Group put forward the complaints of Gozitan students, during a meeting yesterday with the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Ian Borg
The problems on the X1 Route, was the first issue brought up. The GUG said that although the general idea behind this route is good, namely a route which goes through important places. such as Cirkewwa, Msida and Luqa.
It pointed out the problem however, of the the bus times not being in sync with the ferry times, so sometimes students could be left waiting over thirty minutes. “This is not made any more comfortable by the bus shelter which can be called anything but shelter.”
GUG stated that “on the journey back, the bus might not even go through Msida, leaving students waiting for hours. Sometimes if it does pass, it skips a stop as it is too crowded. Because of this, students have created online forums, renting minibus services, preferring to spend an extra euro rather than waiting.”
Dr Borg listened to the complaints raised and promised that this issue will be brought up in future meetings with the transport authority.
He also spoke to GUG about the Malta-Gozo tunnel, and reiterated that the studies are underway. The fast ferry service was also mentioned, saying “that it will be in operation soon.”
The Minister said that he was interested in what the organisation had to say and asked for further information and dialogue.
With this in mind, the GUG are encouraging Gozitan students to fill out an online survey on their commute between the two islands to help them help the authorities understand the situation.
Following the report made on the dark subways in Msida, the GUG noted that “through prompt action” that these have now been “sufficiently lit.”
“As an organisation, we are very pleased that our complaints do not fall on deaf ears and hope that in the future we can work hand in hand with the authorities to ensure all students’ safety and education,” the GUG concluded.