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CALL FOR REVIEW OF OPERATIONS ON GALWAY TO LIMERICK LINE

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Date Published: 27-Jan-2012

West on track, the lobby group behind the Western rail corridor, is calling for a review of operations on the Galway to Limerick line.

The group wants the Minister of Transport Leo Varadker to examine the case for tendering the route to operators such as the RPA, the group behind the Luas.

They claim that if Iarnród Eireann were to operate the same intercity service on the Galway to Limerick line as the Dublin to Cork line, services between Galway and Limerick would take just over an hour instead of the current two.

Last November, the Government announced that the WRC was one of the major capital projects that will be deferred indefinitely.

The only part of the project which will continue is the construction of stations at Oranmore and Crusheen on the Ennis to Athenry line.

However, work has yet to begin at Crusheen as Iarnrod Eireann continues negotiations with a third party over funding contributions.

The second phase of the project from Athenry to Tuam, and the third phase to Claremorris, have all been deferred as part of the Capital Investment Programme from 2012 to 2016.

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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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