Coordinated system providing alternative and integrated modes of transport between the cities of the Grand Harbour.
This project was aimed at the creation of a formalized coordinated system providing alternative and integrated modes of green public transport between the cities of the Grand Harbour by taking advantage of, and overcoming disadvantages presented by, the geographic set-up of the area.
Redress the problem of excessive numbers of private, non-green vehicles entering Valletta, leading to congestion and the lowering of air quality and resulting in a negative aesthetic impact.
A major problem for pedestrian access from the harbour/sea area was caused by the steep access to the fortified city.
This difficulty was addressed by establishing a harbour ferry service which takes passengers to the foot of the bastions. The highest point of the city can then be reached via a panoramic lift which opens onto a garden offering spectacular views of the Grand Harbour. A single ticket was created to offer access to both services.
The Practice thus offers an alternative means of transport to reach the centre of the city by alternative green public transport modes. It also offers an additional tourist attraction for Valletta and has also contributed to the upgrading of the harbour area which was previously used predominantly by cargo handlers.
The main stakeholders are “Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation” and “Captain Morgan Leisure Cruises”. The beneficiaries are the people travelling to Valletta from the other harbour towns and tourist visiting the city.

Resources needed

The service employs lift attendants and ferry personnel to man the services - 4 lift attendants, working in a roster, and 6 ferry personnel in two teams. It is financed by the users who purchase a combined ticket; The Project was partly funded by ERDF and by government at a total cost €2,355,569.

Evidence of success

The synergy and improved efficiency which came from the cooperation between central government, the Grand Harbour Regeneration Corporation, and tourism service providers has resulted in an enhancement of the transport link between Valletta and the port cities of the Grand Harbour area. This has resulted in increased commercial activity, previously concentrated in Valletta, which is now more widely distributed among the Grand Harbour cities.

Difficulties encountered

Achieving cooperation between public and private entities which now operate independently but in a synchronised manner to offer an integrated service.
Providing the service at a cost-effective rate by the creation of an integrated ticketing system for both transport systems.

Potential for learning or transfer

The importance of cooperation between various entities: governmental and non-governmental.
The importance of maintaining low running costs to achieve competitiveness with other non-green transport modes.
Providing the green transport service at a cost-effective rate by the creation of an integrated ticketing system for different transport options.
Geographically challenging areas are to be looked at as opportunity areas rather than insurmountable difficulties.
Main institution
Malta, Malta
Start Date
June 2009
End Date
June 2013


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