Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
A new public transport route will connect the Ċirkewwa Terminal with the University of Malta and Mater Dei Hospital, G.F. Abela Junior College and Valletta.
The X300 will have its schedule synchronised with the Gozo Channel ferry schedule and will operate only at Ċirkewwa, Skate Park (Mater Dei Hospital and University), Kulleġġ (Junior College students) and Valletta Terminus stops. Users can travel from one end of the route to the other in around 60 minutes.
The route will start operating from October and operate from Monday to Friday between 6.00am to 6.45pm.
Four 12-metre vehicles introduced to the fleet in 2020 and which are equipped with WiFi and USB charging ports will be used on this route.
Transport Minister Ian Borg launched the route on Tuesday. In a statement Borg remarked that the service will lead to more accessible mobility especially for Gozitan students headed towards University and Junior College as well as employees residing in Gozo who can now go to Mater Dei or Valletta and change bus from these terminals.
Minister Borg said that through the X300 the connectivity issue was being partly addressed, adding that the government is committed to improve connectivity between the islands through the introduction of the fast ferries and the Malta-Gozo Tunnel project.
A step in the right direction – GUG
The Gozo University Group, GUG, has welcomed the introduction of the new bus route saying that it believes that this is a step in the right direction.
The group explained that the bus service will be timed with the ferry’s arrival time. The X300 will be taking the most direct route towards Valletta, passing through both the Mellieħa and St. Paul’s Bay bypasses, stopping only at Qroqq (Skatepark Msida) and Kulleġġe (Msida) bus stops.
The student organisation noted that the agreement came after numerous discussions on the possibility of having a route aimed solely for Gozitans who study and work in Malta.
The GUG said that it remained open to any suggestions on ways to improve this service whilst always aiming at facilitating the life of Gozitan Students.