In 2017, the Government of Malta announced an unprecedented €700 million, seven-year commitment to upgrade the quality and safety of the Maltese road network. For decades, the Maltese road transport systems lacked the necessary infrastructural investment to adequately meet the requirements of rising population figures and a fast-growing Maltese economy. At the same time, local councils, who had previously been entrusted with the maintenance of residential roads, did not always manage to secure the necessary resources for the appropriate maintenance of this infrastructure.
The Government’s 2017 pledge called for a dedicated entity capable of focusing on achieving these long-overdue infrastructural objectives. Infrastructure Malta was established in 2018 to gradually implement the Government’s plan for the upgrading of the road network. In 2019, it was also entrusted with the development and maintenance of maritime infrastructure in the Maltese Islands’ ports and other coastal locations.