Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a 17 percent drop in the number of passenger journeys on the Limerick to Galway line, along the western rail corridor.
Figures compiled by Iarnrod Eireann show 93 thousand journeys were recorded in the first six months of this year, compared to 112 thousand in the same period last year.
The reduction is being attributed to a line closure along the Ennis to Limerick section due to flood damage for a period of three months earlier this year.
Meanwhile the Dublin to Galway route usage is up 7 percent with 507 thousand journeys recorded.
Barry Kenny is spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann and says although usage is down on the Western Rail Corridor due to flooding closures, the Ennis to Athenry section shows a more positive picture.
1,392 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Three areas in Galway have Covid-19 incidence rate above national average
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three areas in Galway currently have a Covid-19 incidence rate above the national average of 413 cases per 100 thousand people.
The highest figure is Galway City East at 541, followed by Connemara North at 459 and Tuam at 458.
Galway City Central is just below the national average at 401, while Galway City West now stands at 363 cases per 100 thousand.
Elsewhere, the figure for Gort Kinvara is 323, Athenry-Oranmore is 247, Connemara South is 239, Ballinasloe is 192, and Loughrea is 185.
Nationally, the Monaghan local area has the highest figure nationwide – with an incidence rate of 1,255 cases per 100 thousand people.
Approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has granted approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue.
The development is led by crown Square Developments Ltd and would be located at Monivea Road and Joyces Road.
The development consists of several blocks of varying heights – the tallest buildings will have ten floors and stand 30 metres above ground level at Monivea Road.
The project includes 240 two-bed units, 86 single-bed units, and 19 three-bed units.
Also in the plans is a commercial scheme which will feature retail and pharmacy units, a fitness and leisure centre, a primary care medical centre and a creche.
Access and parking arrangements for the proposed housing would be integrated with the office and hotel development authorised on the western part of the site, which’ll also have parking space for 1,200 bicycles.
An Bord Pleanála has now approved the plans with 19 conditions attached.