Valletta views itself as a large laboratory, whose size and unique challenges can be a testing ground for smart city replication. The Maltese Capital is surrounded by fortifications and has a high concentration of residential, administrative and commercial buildings. If the Valletta Region can implement smart solutions successfully, other such small cities may follow.
The Valletta region is a centre for administration, business and transport – including the international airport, the principal land transport hubs as well as both the Grand Harbour and the Marsamxetto Harbour which cater for cargo shipment, cruise landings and the Malta-Sicily ferry.
Particular difficulties identified by Transport Malta include:
- Congestion in the city centre
- Difficulty of access
- Local air pollution
12 Smart Solutions
Click on the headings below to find out which of the 12 Smart Solutions Valletta works to replicate:
Sustainable Urban Mobility
9. Sustainable delivery
Integrated multi-mode transport for light goods
Micro distribution of freight
11. Alternative fuel-driven vehicles for decarbonising and better air quality
Developing charging infrastructure
12. Smart mobility solutions
Electrical and cargo bike pool
Electrical and conventional car sharing
As a follower city within GrowSmarter, Valletta works with Stockholm, Cologne and Barcelona to:
- Explore the use of alternative fuels, including hydrogen and electricity
- Introduce e-bike and e-car sharing projects and schemes focusing on better accessibility within urban centres
- Improve the harbour ferry and water taxi landing sites to encourage a shift away from private passenger cars
- Introduce last mile delivery of goods using clean and energy efficient vehicles within Valletta City
- Increase the role of ITS, particularly within urban centres, to focus on road safety and intermodality
Peter Paul Barbara is leading the replication process for Valletta.