Date Published: 30-May-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
Galway City Council is set to introduce a major overhaul of traffic flow on Dominick Street, Raven Terrace and Fr Griffin Road, the Sentinel has learned.
The new traffic system, which is set to be introduced within the next year, is aimed at reducing the regular chronic traffic backlogs in the area.
Among the changes proposed are:
l A complete reconfiguration of the junctions at the fire station and outside Monroe’s Bar
l Two-way traffic on the Lower Fairhill Road (alongside Quick Fit tyres)
l The opening of a new road link between Munster Avenue and Lower Fairhill Road
l No right-hand turn from Wolfe Tone Bridge onto Raven’s Terrace
The Council has said the changes are set to be introduced within the next year, and are aimed at eliminating major traffic “pinchpoints” on routes leading to the west of the city.
One of the key elements in the plans is the ‘opening up’ of the cul de sac at Burke’s Lane, which leads from Lower Fairhill Road to Munster Avenue.
The land required to open up the access road – currently blocked by a large tree and shrubbery – has been ringfenced in a connected planning permission just granted to O’Flaherty’s Funeral Parlour, and negotiations are ongoing with the O’Flahertys.
The plans will see traffic on Fr Griffin Road permitted to turn onto Lower Fairhill Road, which is currently a one-way system, while vehicles travelling from Wolfe Tone Bridge will not be allowed turn right onto Raven Terrace.
Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.