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Bus Route Changes

A summary of recent changes to bus routes in Malta and Gozo (at least those I know about), starting with the most recent first.

October 7, 2018
Winter timetables introduced (one week later than 2017) with the normal winter changes.

October 1, 2018
New route TD17 introduced between Pembroke P&R and Qroqq (for the University), being a Park and Ride shuttle service aimed at students, and running during University termtime.

July 17, 2018
The Gharghur terminus of routes 46 and 260 is moved one stop earlier to the Marzu stop, presumably due to space issues.

July 15, 2018
The operating hours of route TD2 are further extended; buses leave San Giljan hourly 0355 to 2355 and the Airport hourly 0430 to 0030.
TD5 is a new Sliema - Ghajn Tuffieha route via the coast road, running hourly 1030 to 1330, returning 1630 to 1930. It did not continue into the winter period but is expected to run next summer.
TD14 is a new Rabat - San Giljan - Sliema - Rabat service running hourly. It continued into the winter period.

July 8, 2018
The number of trips on popular routes is increased for the high summer period as follows (the enhanced frequencies are believed to have continued until the winter times were introduced on October 7):
Routes 41 and 42 between Valletta and Cirkewwa run every 20 minutes instead of every 30 minutes between 0900 and 1200 and between 1600 and 1930 daily.
Buses will run every 15 minutes instead of every 20 minutes between 0900 and 2000 daily on route 212 (Sliema to Bugibba) and route 221 (Bugibba to Cirkewwa). Similarly, between 0900 and 1200 and between 1600 and 2000 daily on route 222 (Sliema to Cirkewwa).
On route 53, Valletta to Rabat Virtu, buses will run every 30 minutes instead of every hour between 0900 and 2000 daily.
On route 31, Valletta to Bugibba via Mosta, the frequency will be increased in the evenings between 1900 and 2030 from Monday to Saturday as well as throughout the day on Sunday.
On route 48, Valletta to Bugibba via Mosta, an extra trip will be added on Sunday morning departing at 0520 from Valletta and at 0510 from Bugibba.
Additionally, the frequency on route 43 will be reduced since schools will be closed, and Route X1A will not be operating.

June 10, 2018
Summer timetables introduced with normal summer extensions of 49 to Armier, 101 to Gnejna Bay and 109 to Ghar Lapsi, also diversion of 74 via Blue Grotto. Increased frequency on routes 82, 212, 221, 222, 223, 225, 310, 311 and 322 for the summer, with an additional 300 trips per day overall. There are timetable changes on many routes, and only two TD routes were listed, namely TD2 Airport - Sliema, which has extended running hours, and TD10 Valletta - Marsaxlokk non-stop (Sundays only), which is increased to run every 10 minutes instead of every 15. Presumably TD9 and TD13 started later in the summer. Route 16 has reverted to all journeys running via Madliena. Local Valletta route 133 runs every 30 minutes daily (previously reduced to hourly on Sundays).

March 18, 2018
Route 16 Swieqi-Valletta now only serves the loop around Madliena approx hourly, with the other journeys renumbered 16B. Buses on route 16B proceed from the Victoria stop direct towards Pembroke along Triq Ta L-Ibragg without serving Madliena. This appears to have ceased with the Summer 2018 timetable, all journeys serving Madliena.

October 29, 2017
Route 110 rerouted via Ta' Giorni (taking the same route as 22) instead of via the main road through San Gwann.

October 1, 2017
Winter timetables introduced (two weeks earlier than 2016). Normal summer extensions of 49 from Ghadira to Armier, 101 from Mgarr to Gnejna Bay and 109 from Bajjada to Ghar Lapsi are cancelled for the winter, as is the diversion of 74 via Blue Grotto. Reduced winter frequencies introduced on certain routes, especially 221/222/223/225.
Seasonal TD routes ceased for the winter, apart from TD2 Airport-Sliema and Sunday route TD10 Valletta-Marsaxlokk, which run all year. Online timetables indicate TD13 may have run for part of the autumn period, initially Mon-Sat then Mon-Fri, but was later withdrawn for the winter.
Route X1B, which consists of one early morning Mon-Fri journey Cirkewwa-University, is diverted via the Mellieha bypass.
Route 13A (introduced in March) cut back to run Valletta-San Giljan instead of to Pembroke P&R.
Route 238 Mgarr-Mater Dei-Valletta (which was extended from Mater Dei to Valletta in March 2016) is cut back to Mgarr-Mater Dei on Saturdays and Sundays.
Routes approaching Marsa P&R from the north and east are given shorter routeings to avoid the busy roundabout. Specifically, 61, 62, 63, 64, 74, 110, 117, 120, 121, 135, 204, 206, 209, 210, 218, 226, X1, X2, X3, X4 coming from the north now turn left at the Maltapost Head Office straight down to Marsa P&R, whilst 120, 121, 204, 206, 226, X2, X3 heading towards Mater Dei are diverted from near the Turkish cemetery direct to Marsa P&R via Triq Tigrija.

September 26, 2017
Valletta local route 133 extended to serve Marsamxett for the ferry to/from Sliema. Coming from Fort St Elmo the bus turns right on reaching St Mark's Street through the arch down to the ferry terminal before retracing its steps to St Mark's Street. However, I'm told that in practice the route rarely if ever takes this deviation down to the ferry.

July 5, 2017
Disco Bus launched, offering a weekend connection between the popular night-life and entertainment venues in Malta: St. Julianís, Sliema, Uno and Gianpula Village.

June 11, 2017
Summer timetables introduced with normal summer extensions of 49 to Armier, 101 to Gnejna Bay and 109 to Ghar Lapsi, also diversion of 74 via Blue Grotto. Increased frequency on routes 31, 41, 42, 212, 221, 222, 223, 225, 310, 311 and 322 for the summer, with an additional 300 trips per day overall.

May 3, 2017
Seasonal Tallinja Direct routes introduced: TD2 Airport-Sliema (daily), TD9 Valletta-Bugibba via coast road (daily), TD10 Valletta-Marsaxlokk (Suns), TD11 Bugibba-Marsaxlokk (Suns), TD13 Valletta-St Julians via Regional Road. Of these routes, only TD2 was retained from summer 2016, the other routes being new, whilst last year's TD1 and TD3 to TD6 were not reintroduced this year.

March 22, 2017
Night route N13 Valletta-St Julians seasonally increased to run additionally on Wednesday and Sunday nights as well as Friday and Saturday nights. Later increased to daily from April 30, and increased in frequency from May 12, at which time routes N10/N11/N12 (Friday and Saturday nights) were also increased in frequency for the summer.

March 19, 2017
Route 13 Valletta-Bahar ic-Caghaq reduced in frequency but new route 13A introduced Valletta-Pembroke Park & Ride (20 mins peak, 30 mins off-peak) to maintain existing 10 minute frequency on that section.
Route 31 Valletta-Bugibba operates every 30 minutes after 19:00 on Monday to Saturday and all day on Sunday.
Route 63 Qormi-Valletta retimed to 29 and 59 minutes past the hour.
Route 83 Valletta-Santa Lucija operates every 60 minutes all day on Saturday and Sunday.
Route 103 Bidnija-Pembroke Park & Ride is cut back to terminate at Naxxar on the last two trips from Monday to Friday and on Sunday all day.
Route 122 Valletta-Mater Dei operates every 30 minutes from Monday to Friday, and every 60 minutes on Saturday and Sunday.
Route 130 Valletta Waterfront operates every 60 minutes all day from Monday to Sunday.