Watch: Rabat shopkeeper losing €300 in sales a week

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A shopkeeper in Rabat Malta has told Newsbook.com.mt that he is losing around €300 sales per week because of repairs being made in George Borg Olivier Street.

In September, Newsbook.com.mt spoke to some residents and shop owners about the situation they are living in with. None of them wanted to appear on camera or be quoted by name.

The shopkeeper said his sales were falling because people can’t access the shop by car.

One resident said that the works hadn’t finished and were expected to only take a month.

Another told Newsbook.com.mt that his wife is suffering because they had to go longer distances than usual to get the bus. In January this year, Malta Public Transport said that the cars could not drive through Triq Nikol Saura or Triq Ġorġ Borg Olivier until further notice.

In a video posted on Facebook in March, Infrastructure Malta outlined their intention is to reconstruct this road in Rabat. They said that it was among the first 120 residential roads being rebuilt this year. Being built piecemeal claimed to never completely closed.

This is not an isolated incident. Newsbook.com.mt also recently covered a similar incident affecting residents in Valley Road Balzan. The roadworks there were meant to be completed by September 2018 but had dragged on for a further year.

Read more:

One year later: Sewage, dust and noise in Ħal Balzan

Valley Road will be completed by the end of the year – Infrastructure Malta

Residents said they are facing drainage, dust and noise on a regular basis.

If you are affected by the construction on these roads, you can contact Newsbook on info@newsbook.com.mt.