Permanent closure of arterial road sparks more traffic in Qormi

Mdina road is one of the exits of a very frequented roundabout which leads to Luqa, Zebbug or Qormi.

Photo: Ray Attard
Photo: Ray Attard
Map showing the existing danger when one tries to access Mdina Road from the roundabout
Map showing the existing danger when one tries to access Mdina Road from the roundabout

A unilateral decision by Transport Malta to permanently close an arterial road in Qormi was met with mixed reactions, as traffic was diverted to other main roads which already deal with traffic problems.

The transport authority opted for the closure of part of Mdina road, starting from the area known as ‘tal-Imgħallaq’ in the direction of the Turkish military cemetery in Marsa. The road is one of the exits of a very frequented roundabout which leads to Luqa, Zebbug or Qormi.

A spokesperson for the authority cited traffic congestions and road safety as prime reasons, since the area is prone to traffic accidents.

Qormi mayor Rosianne Cutajar acknowledged this, but said that the closure of the road was still not the solution.

“The road served as a ‘reliever’ to the arterial roads of Luqa Road and Manuel Dimech Street. Its closure meant that more traffic was diverted to the already frequented arterial roads,” the mayor underlined.

She also complained that such a major decision was taken without any consultation with the relevant stakeholders.

Read more in today’s issue of Illum.