On Wednesday, Members of Parliament (MPs) experienced the frustrations of daily commuters as parliamentary proceedings faced their second delay in a month, courtesy of traffic issues.
Typically scheduled for 4 pm, parliamentary plenary sessions this month included a 9 am morning session for post-budget discussions. However, the nation’s persistent traffic challenges disrupted proceedings on two occasions.
The first incident occurred on November 14 when both Inclusion Minister Julia Farrugia Portelli and shadow minister Graziella Galea were ensnared in traffic.
This Wednesday, Justice Minister Jonathan Attard’s tardy arrival for a debate on his portfolio led deputy speaker David Agius to temporarily suspend the session, resuming 20 minutes later.
Simultaneously, the ‘Maltese Roads Traffic Updates’ Facebook page reported road closures from Mellieħa to Selmun and Burmarrad road due to ongoing works. Infrastructure Malta CEO Ivan Falzon attributed the closures to asphalt plant failures impacting night works, compounded by inclement weather.