This week the University of Malta welcomed new students to its halls; students who were greeted by a flooded campus and flooded roads.
The weather this week posed a great challenge for all university students. The typical autumnal weather turned the already dangerous roads into rivers all connecting to the waterfall that was the underpass situated near the skatepark. This underpass, a connection for students who wish to cross from Ferris Street to the university, has been flooded for the best part of the week, making it difficult for any student to pass.
At its Fresher’s Week stand, the GUG has been told by many students about this. They told the organisation that besides having to deal with the speedy cars intent on splashing them, they also had to wade through the subway. This has become a problem for students on both sides of the channel. One of the main bus stops is situated on Ferris Street meaning that it is not just the Gozitans that need something to happen.
The road over the underpass is one of the busiest roads in Malta so barriers were erected to stop the students from getting into any serious accidents. With the underpass flooded and the road barricaded, many were left stranded on the other side, waiting for the storm to pass.
Some students took to the internet to voice their thoughts asking for some immediate solution as they cannot simply “sprout wings” and fly to university. The GUG proposes that on occasions such as these, Transport Malta sends officials to control the traffic and help the students onto the other side.
Stormy weather always poses some sort of problem but we must not allow it to be an excuse to not help students who want to learn. The underpass should be a safer alternative to the dangerous traffic of the roads, not a slippery puddle.