Date Published: 16-Jun-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
City officials are moving quickly to convert the Briarhill roundabout into a junction with traffic lights despite uproar from the business community over a move which they fear will discourage motorists from visiting the city.
Councillors voted 10-5 in favour of the divisive plan – said to be the most controversial to come before the City Council in almost a decade – at Monday night’s local authority meeting and officials had advertised the tender for work by Tuesday morning.
The transformation of the Lynch roundabout is the first of six planned changeovers on the N6 from one side of the city to the other which officials intend to bring before the local authority in the coming months.
Members of the public expressed firm opposition to the plans during a public meeting two weeks ago and businesses have reacted with a mixture of “anger and disbelief” to Monday’s vote, according to the Galway Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Retailers have already claimed that lengthy delays at the lighted junction at Moneenageisha, which was converted from a roundabout two ago, are forcing people to stay away from the city centre.
The Chamber has claimed that the Council has not provided enough “compelling reasons” for the changeover of the Briarhill roundabout at this time.
The President of the Chamber, Carmel Brennan, said she believed the proposals would be detrimental to the economic wellbeing of the city at this time.
Mayor of Galway, Michael Crowe (FF), said yesterday that the changeover of six roundabouts to traffic light junction was the most contentious issue he had dealt with during two terms on the City Council.
“What we did this week was a brave political decision,” he said. “The Chamber of Commerce have their job to do and I have mine. Motorists also have to consider the needs of other road users, including cyclists and pedestrians. If somebody wants to cross the road at any of these roundabouts at the moment, they are risking their lives.”
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
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.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
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.