Nicholas Pearson Associates

Projects /
Malta Transport Infrastructure SEA

Client: Malta Transport Authority

Location: Malta 

The island of Malta has numerous heritage and wildlife sites including Ramsar wetlands of international importance, Special Protection Areas under the Birds Directive and Special Areas of Conservation under the Habitats Directive. The island is congested and alternative routes to narrow village highways would inevitably pass through areas of relatively unspoilt countryside including habitat  such as garrigue and saltmarsh. We undertook extensive consultation (in association with AIS of Malta) especially with the Malta Environment and Planning Authority.

The Transport Authority for Malta commissioned a feasibility and strategic environmental assessment study of route and traffic management options for the primary highway routes from the Gozo ferry port in the north to Marsaxlokk port in the south, via Valletta. We undertook an environmental assessment (including ecology and landscape) of the plans as they were developed, in association with French engineers, BCEOM. The study was part funded by the EU given that it formed part of the TEN-T (Trans-European Transport Network Road programme).

As a result of these studies the Ministry for Infrastructure and Communications has considered each of the route options and associated management in more detail.