Malta Vintage

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The traditional Maltese bus has made a return to public services with a vintage city tour between Valetta and St Julians. AUSTIN BLACKBURN

Malta’s public bus network has seen major changes over the last decade, and now its once-common route buses are making a return on a heritage service, as Jonathan Welch reports

Most people will have heard of Malta, and for many it will bring forth thoughts of holidays in the sun. Some might even be able to point to it on a map. But for those with a knowledge of public transport, mention of the Mediterranean island and its smaller near-neighbour Gozo will bring to mind its buses. For those who work within the bus industry, that will bring back memories of the not too distant past, of Arriva’s entry, and relatively quick exit. For the more vehicle-orientated enthusiast, thoughts will likely turn to the Malta of a time before Arriva, before aquamarine; a time of bright yellow buses of all kinds and ages, some bearing little resemblance to their original appearance.

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