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Big overhaul of traffic flow to ease jams heading west

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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

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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