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Old April 17th, 2011, 01:22 PM   #21
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I know but still!

Fargo, Malta was a British colony untill the 1960's, and in fact they voted to become part of the UK (note the signs in English, such as "Stay in Lane"), but only 60% of the population voted so they didn't do anything about it.
The actual result was a yes vote as well.

Makes you wonder... We could have ended up with the "United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Malta"!
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Old April 17th, 2011, 02:39 PM   #22
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Couple roads from Malta islands:
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The (not so) Blue Grotto. by Renown, on Flickr

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The Maltese plates at the cars look very similar to the Swedish plates.
And couple photos of Maltese license plates:
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"Bob the builder" bus by Elsie esq., on Flickr

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Abandoned? No - just the Maltese way of parking (on a main road, a bus route, at a pedestrian crossing) by juangon, on Flickr

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Maltese car by ETYLIK, on Flickr
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Old April 17th, 2011, 06:58 PM   #23
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The actual result was a yes vote as well.

Makes you wonder... We could have ended up with the "United Kingdom of Great Britain, Northern Ireland and Malta"!
Yes, that would've been interesting, thats for sure!

I'd like to drive in Malta one day, seems like fun
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Old April 17th, 2011, 11:03 PM   #24
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i have seriously started to think about holidays at Malta this year
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Old April 18th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #25
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My parents went to Malta last month and drove around the island. My dad said that many of the minor roads connecting villages resemble horse tracks more than paved roads!
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Old April 18th, 2011, 07:49 PM   #26
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My parents went to Malta last month and drove around the island. My dad said that many of the minor roads connecting villages resemble horse tracks more than paved roads!
I was there 2 years ago and all roads were in perfectly reasonable condition, while traffic was very little. The only problems that I remember were in the southern parts of the big island, Malta, near the illegal immigrants camps. I didn't rent a car: I used the great old buses and some tourist minivans.
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Old April 19th, 2011, 02:22 PM   #27
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The Coast Road by Gremxul, on Flickr

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/postcard from the summer/ by anti_popsa, on Flickr
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Old April 21st, 2011, 01:54 PM   #28
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Maltese roads by Exogenous, on Flickr

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Old April 23rd, 2011, 02:05 PM   #30
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Old May 24th, 2011, 12:46 PM   #31
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General view of Malta's road system:
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Old October 26th, 2011, 02:03 PM   #32
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Looks not really good, maybe because of old photo?
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Old October 26th, 2011, 08:28 PM   #33
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Road system of Malta is little old indeed; few parts are OK, good and mostly around the biggest city of the islands, Valletta.
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Old May 7th, 2012, 07:21 PM   #34
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Government of Malta financed a feasibility study for a road tunnel between main island and Gozo:
http://www.dca.gov.mt/News.aspx?newsid=2271&lid=1

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Four potential tunnels alignments have been assessed at a preliminary, conceptual level ranging in length between 6 and 10 kilometres depending on their depth and structural design..
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Based on the reviewed case studies, the range of costs (in 2010 prices) estimated for the construction of the fixed link is wide and would depend on ground conditions and other circumstances. The consultants have estimated a range of costs for each tunnel alignment option between €156m for a single-bore 3-lane bi-directional tunnel right up to €1080m for a twin-bore 2-lane uni-directional tunnel.
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The Consultants found that:
With regard to the overall length, depth, configuration and size of tunnels an undersea tunnel link between Malta and Gozo would be technically feasible and does not exceed the capability of modern technology;
The geology of the area is potentially complex and not well documented. A detailed geological and geotechnical investigation is required to determine the optimum tunnel alignment, construction methodology and more detailed estimates of construction costs;
The typical construction stage for a tunnel of this nature would be approximately 5 to 7 years, but this average duration is strongly dependant on the geological environment;
A road tunnel link between Malta and Gozo could potentially be co-financed by the European Union under the Cohesion Fund;
The securing of external financing for the construction of a fixed link between Malta and Gozo would require a full feasibility study. Consultants advise that no external funding would be considered without a comparative assessment of other options to verify what is the most economically and environmentally advantageous way to link the islands.
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A full feasibility shall require among other things detailed geological and geo-technical investigations including full geological mapping, geophysical investigations and core drilling, detailed designs, environment impact and risk assessments.
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Old May 8th, 2012, 11:35 AM   #35
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This should be interesting. Anyways, I've heard that more than 60% approve of a road bridge/tunnel connection. Hopefully this materializes someday
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Old May 8th, 2012, 11:46 AM   #36
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A bridge is not an option? Two bridges of 2 kilometers and 1 kilometer can also link both islands.
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From the same document:

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The securing of external financing for the construction of a fixed link between Malta and Gozo would require a full feasibility study. Consultants advise that no external funding would be considered without a comparative assessment of other options to verify what is the most economically and environmentally advantageous way to link the islands. The full feasibility study and environmental impact assessments would also be required to assess the following different Malta-Gozo transport options:



Bridge and/or viaduct;
Bored and/or immersed tube tunnel;
Combinations (e.g. bridge and tunnel);
Other fixed links (e.g. combined/tidal barrage; railway; etc.);
Retention of existing ferry service and/or its service expansion;
Other transport services (air, sea);
Other measures (demand management, travel behavior change and similar).
They are leaving all doors open
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Old May 8th, 2012, 08:30 PM   #38
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Government of Malta financed a feasibility study for a road tunnel between main island and Gozo:
http://www.dca.gov.mt/News.aspx?newsid=2271&lid=1
That would be interesting for sure, but Malta needs also to approves his road system too
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Old December 18th, 2012, 01:14 AM   #39
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What's the status of the new physical link that will connect the Mainland with Comino and Gozo?

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Oh and I hope they make it minimum of 2 lanes per direction
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A driving video in Malta



I found it interesting since they had a combination of British and Italian road sign styles there
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