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Backers of GLUAS proposal ask Council to reconsider plan

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Backers of a light rail system for Galway are hoping to get the GLUAS idea back on track.

Supporters of GLUAS have once again appealed to transport officials in the city to ‘look again’ at light rail as a “real and sustainable” alternative.

Meanwhile, opponents of the proposed new bypass are championing a range of alternatives that could better solve the city’s traffic congestion than the new road.

Campaigners along the route have called for new bus routes, prioritising school bus routes, street network that is interconnected for pedestrians and cyclists as well as light rail. The N6 Action Group, including Castlegar Community Group and Barna Community Group, have made the suggestions in a detailed formal submission to the City Council, as it prepares an ‘Integrated Tansport Management Programme’ (ITMP).

The Council had recieved 58 submissions by the deadline of July 31.

The backers of GLUAS project say that two tram lines in the city, a red line going east-west, and green line north-south, would cost just €200 million – some 40% of the population of the city will live within five minutes walking distance of a tram stop.

At the moment, 4% of travel in Galway is by public tranpsort buses. According to campaigners: “GLUAS in Galway will increase public transport use to about 20% of all trips.”

They argue that car trips switched to GLUAS will amount to about 1.5 million trips a year, or 5,000 a day. In the two GLUAS corridors, this will be a significant reduction of traffic, the submission states.

It says GLUAS will serve the city centre, hospitals, university, colleges, schools, shops, Ceannt Station, as well as many of the residential and employment areas in the city.

“This is a thoroughly researched transport project,” stated Professor Lewis Lesley, Technical Director of the GLUAS group.

He says that tram specialists Tram Power and associated companies “have spent €400,000 on developing GLUAS and have offered an affordable way for the city to get GLUAS without cost and for the Tram Power team to be fairly rewarded for their investment in the project.”

For more on the GLUAS plans, see this week’s Galway City Tribune

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Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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