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Made up of a number of islands (three of which – Malta, Gozo, and Comino – are inhabited) and lying some 80 km to the south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta is a former British colony and (since 2004) a member state of the European Union. Most of the inhabitants live in a sprawling urban area in and around the capital, Valletta, on the eastern side of the main island, although Gozo too has a fairly sizeable population.
The road network
Malta has about 2000 km of roads, with a sizeable proportion of the arterial roads in the east of Malta (the island), where most people live, being dual carriageways. There are also about 13 grade-separated junctions, all of which are on Malta.
Numbering is fairly recent, and mostly instituted in the last 15 years or so.
There are three classes of classified road:
- Arterial roads (numbered with a single digit)
- Distributal roads (2 digits)
- Secondary roads (3 digits)
There are no prefixes, and roads are numbered, by class, sequentially from northwest to southeast from where they start.
For a detailed list of Maltese roads see the main article: Malta Road List