Just a quick report. The new road to Cirkewwa (and thus the Gozo ferry) across Marfa from Mellieha is fully open in both directions now, so no more bus detours etc., or bumpy rides. It’s actually quite impressive and dual carriageway for much of the distance. The roadworks on Gozo from Mgarr to Rabat (Victoria) are fully complete and again a very impressive piece of work. There are also wide fully concreted pavements which makes walking to Rabat a doddle, which I did there and back on Monday.
The new ferry terminal at Cirkewwa is open (about a week ago) although it doesn’t officially open for a while yet. The passenger bridge to the boats is still being finished off so it’s still a walk through the car deck onto the boat. The new bus terminus at Cirkewwa is fully complete too and much simpler for people arriving off the ferry, as there are just two bus stops for picking up.
And what about that lift? The structure looks great from the bottom and the top. Apparently at present it’s free to travel down, but you pay the 1 euro fare for coming up. It’s a very smooth ride and on Sunday morning I made two trips down and one trip back up, that one I paid for. The ticket machine is quite confusing however, but there’s an attendant on hand to help. It does take quite a while for the barcoded and dated ticket to print and you have to scan the ticket on the gate for it to open. I sense long queues come later in the year, or that the system will get abandoned and people will just pay the attendant, we shall see. The ride in the lift facing Grand Harbour is by far the best. The cars are pretty small; I wouldn’t want to be in one with more than about half a dozen others, on Sunday I went up and down on my own, it was very quiet.
Hope this info has been of some help.