Busuttil calls for train connecting Malta and Gozo

Opposition leader says proposed Gozo-Malta tunnel should form part of national train project

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil this afternoon addressed the Youth Parliament
Opposition leader Simon Busuttil this afternoon addressed the Youth Parliament

Opposition leader Simon Busuttil has proposed the establishment of a train system to connect key nodes across Malta and Gozo.

Addressing the annual Youth Parliament event, he said that the train should form part of a tunnel link that has been proposed between the two islands.

"If traffic continues increasing at this rate, we will soon be unable to move in this country. We must start thinking of new alternative means if transport from now," he said.

He lambasted the Labour government for shelving preliminary studies commissioned by former PN justice minister Chris Said on a tunnel link between Malta and Gozo, instead opting to study the possibility of a bridge link, before eventually returning back to the original tunnel idea.

"That bridge turned out to be a bridge to nowhere," he quipped. "The likelihood now is that there will be no progress on the tunnel project before the next election, which would mean that we would have lost five years for Gozitan youths to be able to reach Paceville in under half an hour, or for Maltese youth to go to Gozo without using their cars."

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