Strategic Thinkers Required: Malta’s SUMP kicks off

Transportwise, Malta is a fascinating place. A population of just under 500,000 are squeezed into just 316 sq km, meaning it is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and it often seems as though all 500,000 people are driving at the same time. Transport Malta identified that one measure that could help to alleviate the crippling levels of congestion was to implement a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) that would look at making alternative modes of transport, other than the private car, more viable. Thinking Highways and Thinking Cities editor in chief Kevin Borras had the honour of chairing Malta’s recent SUMP Stakeholders Meeting in Sliema (which saw the audience addressed by the Hon Dr Ian Borg, Malta’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects) and caught up with five of the protagonists who are tasked with making Malta’s beautiful cities a little more navigable.

Peter Paul Barbara, Transport Malta

Wendy Mifsud, Planning Authority

André Camilleri, Paragon Europe

Alexandra Ellul, Transport Malta

Konrad Pulé, Malta Public Transport

Dr Antoine Zammit, Studjurban