In the next couple of months Castille Place will be turned into a pedestrian area - the roundabout will be removed and the roads leading into Valletta and the Central Bank area realigned.
Details about the Castille Place project were announced this morning by Principal Permanent Secretary Mario Cutajar and Stefan Zrinzo Azzopardi, the Chairman of the Grand Harbour Regeneration Committee.
The €1.6 million project will see the area turned into an open space, exposing the beauty of the Auberge de Castille. A number of trees will be carefully uprooted and moved to other parts of the square.
Traffic access to St Paul Street and the car park near the Central Bank will be retained by the roads will be realigned by means of fixed bollards. There will also be a smaller turning point near the Central Bank allowing motorists to disembark passengers without having to drive into the capital, Valletta.
Works will be carried out in phases and will be completed by October, a month before Malta hosts the biannual meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of State (CHOGM).