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FAQ: Transport Malta’s Standards & Specifications

Standards and Specifications

Transport Malta’s Standards and Specifications outline the requirements for road construction. Quality Assurance and Quality Control procedures will ensure that if the specifications are met the roads will last longer.

Q: What are the latest Transport Malta’s Standards and Specifications?

The latest Transport Malta Standards and Specifications are known as New Roads and Road Works Regulations, 2010 and supersede those of 2003.

Q: What do they consist of?

The New Roads and Road Works Regulations consist of 7 Volumes, namely:

Volume 1 – Specifications for Road Works

Volume 2 – Notes for Guidance on the Specification for Road Works

Volume 3 – Road Construction Details

Volume 4 – Method of Measurement for Road Works and Notes for Guidance of Measurements of Road Works

Volume 5 – Road Geometry July 2003 (DMRB – Malta)

Volume 6 – Design Presentation Guidelines

Volume 7 – Directives for the Stadardisation of Pavements of Traffic Areas

Q: Can you describe briefly each volume?

Transport Malta Standards and Specifications are based on the Design Manual of Roads and Bridges (DMRB) of the UK.  In 2002, the Roads Department embarked on the adaptation of the DMRB(UK) to local conditions and in 2003, the new specifications became binding through legal notice 364 of 2003, just in time for the execution of major road works funded by the Italian-Maltese Protocol. This was a major overhaul on the previous specifications which were in force before this legal notice.

Volume 1 – Specification for Road Works

This volume describes the  specifications for items used in road contracts. It is divided into 28 series, namely:

000 Introduction
100 Preliminaries – site offices, billboards, progress photographs etc.
200 Site Clearance – removal of existing items, trees, electricity poles, signs etc.
300 Fencing
400 Safety Fences, Safety Barriers & Pedestrian Guard Rails
500 Drainage and Service Ducts
600 Earthworks
700 Road Pavements – General
800 Road Pavements – Unbound Materials
900 Road Pavements – Bituminous Materials
1000 Road Pavements – Concrete and Cement Bound Materials – not available for download
1100 Kerbs, Footways and Paved Areas
1200 Traffic Signs
1300 Road Lighting Columns & Brackets
1400 Electrical Work for Road Lightning and Traffic Signs
1500 Motorway Communications
1600 Piling and Diaphragm
1700 Structural Concrete
1800 Structural Steelwork
1900 Protection of Steelwork against Corrosion
2000 Waterproofing for Concrete Structures
2100 Bridge Bearings
2200 Parapets
2300 Bridge Expansion Joints and Sealing of Gaps
2400 Brickwork, Blockwork and Stonework
2500 Special Structures
2600 Miscellaneous
3000 Landscape and Ecology  

Volume 2 – Notes for Guidance on the Specification for Road Works

This volume offers guidance on how to use and interpret the specifications in Volume 1. It is divided in the same series outlined in Volume 1.

Volume 3 – Road Construction Details

This volume consists of 77 typical road construction details organised in series as per Volume 1.

Series 500 – Drainage and Ducts

RCD/500/1 – Filter Drains – Trench and Bedding Details
RCD/500/2 – Filter Drains – Trench and Bedding Details Without Geotextile
RCD/500/3 – Surface Water Drains, Trench and Bedding Details
RCD/500/4 – Manhole Types
RCD/500/5 – Manhole Type A (Block or In Situ Concrete)
RCD/500/6 – Manhole Type B (Blocl or In Situ Concrete)
RCD/500/7 – Manhole Type C (Precast Concrete Manhole)
RCD/500/8 – Manhole Type D (Precast Concrete Manhole)
RCD/500/9 – Manhole Type E (Precast Concrete Manhole)
RCD/500/10 – Manhole Type F (Precast Concrete Manhole)
RCD/500/11 – Manhole Type F – Hinged Grating Details
RCD/500/12 – Chamber Fittings – Ladder Handhold and Safety Chain
RCD/500/13 – Catchpit G
RCD/500/14 – Vertical Backdrop in Manholes
RCD/500/15 – Precast Concrete Gully
RCD/500/16 – In Situ Concrete and Blockwork Gullies
RCD/500/17 – Gully Grating
RCD/500/18 – Drainage Channel/Blocks
RCD/500/19 – Herringbone Filter Drains * This drawing is listed but not included in the specifications.
RCD/500/20 – G.A. of small Headwalls (Interceptor Drains) * This drawing is listed but not included in the specifications.
RCD/500/21 – G.A. of Headwall (Culvert Drains)
RCD/500/22 – R.C. Details of Typical Headwall * This drawing is listed but not included in the specifications.
RCD/500/23 – Self Clearing Inlet Grid Detail
RCD/500/24 – Outlet Grid Detail
RCD/500/25 – Diagrammatic Layout at Headwalls

Series 600 – Earthworks

RCD/600/2 – Interceptor Ditches

Series 700 – Pavement

RCD/700/1 – Free Pavement Edge Detail
RCD/700/2 – Kerbed Pavement Edge Detail
RCD/700/3 – Transverse Joint Between New Construction and Existing Road

Volume 4 – Method of Measurements for Road Works and Notes for Guidance of Measurements of Road Works

This volume deals on the quantity surveying aspects of the Specifications and lists what is included in the rate and what’s not. If you are not sure what an item in the Bill of Quantities (BOQ) includes, flip through the pages of the relevant series in this volume.

Volume 5 – Road Geometry 

This volume was prepared by Prof. Dr. Heinrich Semar for use on national road schemes in Malta. It contains extracts from those Standards contained in the ADT Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (ADT DMRB) that relate to the Geometric Design of Roads. This volume contains the most frequently used information and the user should be aware that additional information is available in the full DMRB(UK) Design Manual.

Volume 6 – Design Presentation Guidelines

This volume contains plans indicating proper presentation of road projects.

Volume 7 – Directives for the Standardization of Pavements of Traffic Areas

This volume consists of a directive prepared by Profs D. K. Muller and illustrates the typical road structure details, depending on the traffic amounts expected to use the road, the bearing capacity of the subgrade and the allowable structure depth.

Q: Where can I find the Transport Malta Standards and Specifications?

Transport Malta Standards and Specifications can be found in Adobe Acrobat format at Transport Malta’s official website.


If you have any further questions about Transport Malta Standards and Specifications write it in the comments section below.

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  • Frankie Muscat 24 December, 2013, 19:01


    Tista jekk joghgbok tghidli bil ligi kemm ghanda tkun wisa bankina?


  • robert bartlett 12 May, 2014, 11:40

    Very useful information, thanks for posting it

  • Joseph Ciantar 10 September, 2014, 06:44

    Good morning,
    Can you kindly tell me where i can find a latest TM version of method of measurement of trenching works.

    Thanks & Regards,

  • Colin Burrough 24 September, 2014, 21:47

    I recently visited Malta on holiday and after a lifetime of working on highway maintenance in the UK, I take an interest in highway matters. Two signs often incorrectly installed in the UK are roundabout warning signs and keep left and pass both sides signs at roundabouts.

    In Malta, the roundabout warnings signs were a bit random in terms of orientation. In the UK, there should be an arrow going across the bottom of the circle part of the sign to indicate that traffic is passing across the front of the approaching driver. If erected upside down, this message is lost. The same applies to the same sign in Malta but it seemed to me that far more signs were, to my mind, upside down and I was wondering what your signs regulations say about the orientation of this warning sign – I cannot find the Maltese regulations on the internet.

    The keep left sign in the UK is fairly straightforward – the driver can only pass to the left of the sign and to do otherwise is illegal. Unfortunately, in the UK this sign is often misused on splitter islands on the exit from roundabouts, which means that drivers continuing round the roundabout are, in theory , acting illegally. What should be placed at this location is a “blank aspect” bollard. The other sign that is misused in this location in the UK is the double-arrowed pass either side sign because this sign should only be used in the UK when, by passing either side, you end up at the same destination – typically on a refuge in the middle of a one-way street. This compares with the blank aspect bollard at the exit from a roundabout where you can pass either side but don’t end up in the same destination. In Malta, I noticed the double-arrowed sign was used almost universally where in the UK we should use the blank aspect bollard (pass either side but don’t end up in same destination).

    What is your view of the use of these signs in Malta? I did see some blank aspect bollards but they were few and far between. Should they used in Malta at all?

    Colin Burrough BSc, CEng, MICE

  • Charles Spiteri 24 August, 2017, 08:42

    Ma nafx x’tistgħu tagħmlu bħala Transport Malta. It-triq ta’ quddiemi f’Birkirkara taqa’ taħt it-taqsima tagħkom. Din it-triq saret snin ilu u ma għamlu ebda gutter għall-ilma peress li minn ħdejja sa fuq nett tat-telgħa hemm bejn wieħed u ieħor 24 filata, bl-ilma kollu jidħolli fid-dar. Dan esperjenzajtu fix-xita qawwija, filgħodu u filgħaxija ta’ Settembru 2013. Ma ngorrx wisq għall-ilma, għalkemm għamilli l-ħsara, iżda li jidħolli f’dari hu ilma bid-drenaġġ. Suppost għandkom file fuqi b’ittra mill-avukat tiegħi. Naf li għaddew bosta snin, li fihom ma kienx hawn maltempata bħal dik, iżda skont l-avukat, għalkemm l-ittra ġiet preskritta, xorta tgħodd f’każ li niftaħ kawża fil-Qorti. Nitlob iżda li jekk ikun possibbli jsir xi speċi ta’ lqugħ, l-aktar li l-għalqa enormi li hawn quddiemi qed tinbena wkoll u l-ilmijiet li kienet tixrob il-ħamrija, issa se jinħela u jidħol fid-djar. Grazzi tal-attenzjoni.

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