Malta National Transport Strategy/Master Plan Is Concluded
On Saturday December 3, the Minister of Transport of Malta approved both long term National Transport Strategy (NTM) 2050 and National Transport Master Plan (NTMP) 2025 as main result of a 2.5 years project that was founded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Cohesion Fund (CF) Operational programme for Malta for the period 2007-2013 entitled “Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life”.
During these years, the multidisciplinary Consortium Ineco – Systematica has provided sound expertise and professional support to develop the transport strategies, covering all modes of transport, as well as the National Transport Model (NTM) used to assess the effectiveness and the impact of all identified transport measures.
In particular, the NTM has been used to evaluate the current situation and thoroughly evaluate forecasting scenario with three main time horizons: 2020, 2025, 2050 in order to support the definition of packages of measures and ensure a sustainable and efficient transport framework for Malta.
To support the modelling exercise, a relevant transport survey was specifically carried out in order to integrate the available informative platform with respect to all multifaceted transport demand aspects: traffic counts (ATCs and MTCs), journey times, freight’s movements, main people mobility patterns, travel behaviour and socio-economic information. These data informed the calibration and validation process of the comprehensive 4-step multimodal model, implemented with the suite of codes CUBE (from Citilabs Ltd).
Over the course of the project, Transport Malta and the Consortium worked closely with Jaspers (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions) in order to maintain fully compliance with most recent European guidance on transport planning and modelling.
The transport planning approach adopted for Malta and the level of details which characterizes the long term Transport Strategy and, in particular, the Transport Master Plan, make the project one of the most relevant best practices within the European framework
For more information about the project, please visit the dedicated page.