Plans for light railway in Malta move forward

Plans for a light railway network across Malta have moved a step forward.

89.7 Bay has revealed that Transport Malta has formally submitted an application to trademark the name ‘Metro Malta’.

The legal paperwork was filed at the European Union Intellectual Property Office last week.

The move came just hours after the Prime Minister said that studies into a feasibility of a metro system in Malta were at ‘an advanced stage’.

One proposal being considered is reported to be similar to the Tyne and Wear Metro, which operates a light railway network around Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Dozens of politicians, campaign groups and environmentalists have urged Joseph Muscat to consider building an island-wide metro system in recent months.

London-based Maltese architect Konrad Xuereb even designed a map of a possible light railway network for Malta, which you can see below.

He said: ‘If Malta really wants to become a global player attracting expertise in key fields like medicine and science, then the national public transport system needs to be efficient, reliable and impeccable, and consist of a multi-mode network.

‘An underground metro system addresses all of these criteria.’

The public transport expert told the Times of Malta: ‘A metro line from Mellieha to Birzebbuga with a loop to the airport via Sliema, Valletta and Paola would capture more than half the Maltese population.’

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