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City light rail system could end the jams

Denise McNamara

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A new advocate for a light rail system in Galway has designed a video showing how the four-line tram system would work, claiming it would virtually eradicate traffic jams at the four main congestion points through which 77,000 commuters pass each day.

Joe Kelly insists that based on costings produced by Government consultants, the system would pay for itself within seven years when it would start to turn a yearly profit of €97m.

He has estimated that Galway’s version of the LUAS or the SUIG – Solas Uirbeach Iarnrod na Gaillimhe – as he has labelled, would cost between €500m and €600m to build.

He predicted that for an adult fare of €5 a day, the city’s beleaguered motorists dragged out of their cars to save money on fuel and parking. It would also see private investors willing to back the project, with annual receipts racking up to €100m.

In a presentation on Monday to Green Drinks Galway, a group which holds free public talks on environmental topics, the native of Mervue explained the four line system contained two integrated hybrid bus lines and four park and ride centres to encourage motorists from outside of the city to leave their cars behind.

It went through all the main areas where workers, residents and students congregated and dealt with congestions at four key commuter notes – Claregalway, Oranmore, Barna and Moycullen.

One line went along a route from the airport, along Briarhill, the racecourse, Lough Atalia and terminating at the Docks. The second started at Cappagh Park, stopping in Taylor’s Hill, the Prom, the Claddagh and finishing at Nimmos Pier. The third line began at Bushy Park and took in NUIG, Headford Road, Liosbán and the Tuam Road, with a fourth line from Oranmore, through Doughiska and onto the Docks.

Joe, 34, who was reared in Claregalway, has a business degree from the University of Limerick and a post graduate diploma in geography and planning studies from University College Cork. He is currently studying e-business analysis at NUIG. After stints working in Italy and Germany, he began working on proposals for light rail systems for Galway and Limerick and over the last two years has produced online videos outlining his proposals. So far, he has not got a penny for all his efforts. But he is hoping to attract the interest of potential investors.

“My motives are benevolent – for anyone living or working in Galway the congestion is horrendous. I wanted to come up with a system which would solve the congestion, generate tourism and create jobs – this is about safeguarding the environment for future generations by creating a more responsible, sustainable transport system,” he insisted.

He claims his system is far more comprehensive and represents better value for money than the one proposed by a consortium of business leaders some years back known as GLUAS – it was a two line system over 19km  serving 40% of Galway residents and costing in the region of €200m.

Only last April, the former transport minister Leo Varadkar said that LUAS-style trams for other cities were dead in the water. His department was focusing on cheaper alternatives in cities such as Galway such as bus lanes, green routes, cycle lanes and safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists.

“The Government spend €880m on defence, if they can put down €600m to the border counties for a peace campaign – when they’re not at war – surely fund a light rail system in Galway.”

An independent online poll some years back found that 80% of the people of Galway supported a tram system.

 

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Party-goers in Galway hit with Covid fines

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway’s most senior Garda has issued a renewed appeal this week for young people to desist from organising or attending any house parties as the local Covid-19 situation worsens – last week Gardaí were called to break up a number of gatherings in different parts of the city.

A total of 15 people were found to be attending one house party in the Salthill area last weekend while Gardaí were called to two other smaller gatherings – one in the Doughiska area and the other in Rahoon.

Cautions and Fixed Payment Notices (fines) were issued to a number of those involved. This week, Chief Superintendent Tom Curley has pleaded with young people ‘to stay away at all costs’ from such gatherings.

“We have very high Covid incidence rates in the Galway area over the past week; death rates from the disease are at their highest ever level; and the last thing we need now is groups of people coming together in confined settings.

“If one person has Covid at such a gathering then, in all probability, most others there will pick it up too and spread it their contacts and family members. I am pleading for people just not to do this.

“We are entering into our most critical period in trying to contain the spread of Covid-19, with the next month or so absolutely vital in our efforts to keep everyone healthy and safe and to try and avoid further loss of life,” he said.
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Community gives new lease of life to Merlin allotments

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – In 2018, the allotments in Merlin Woods were in danger of falling by the wayside, with declining numbers and underuse blighting a facility that had huge potential.

Since then, the community has pulled together to create a space that locals are proud of and one that its advocates are hoping could be a template for other communities across the city.

Chairperson of the Committee behind this new lease of life is Michael Tully, who says the allotments have become a focal point for area, bringing together locals from all walks of life.

“It’s all about netting the community together and the response we’re getting has been unbelievable,” says Michael, who joined the committee in 2018.

“I started off as a user of Merlin Woods, walking by the allotments and thinking to myself that it would be great to grow my own fruit and veg.

“I started talking to a few of the plot-holders like John Rabbitte, Martin Lohan, Jim McCormack and Daithí O’Brien and they told me how to apply. I applied to the City Council and got my allotment in early 2018 and there were about eight allotments in use at that stage, all of us working away on our own.”

Two years later, all 42 allotments are in use, but it took the cooperation of Galway City Council and Trojan work from the community to get it to this point, explains Michael.

“We came down here every Saturday to clear the paths, dig out the weeds and make the place better. The sense of community was unbelievable. Anyone who couldn’t dig was bringing down flasks of tea and cakes to those that were,” he laughs.
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National Transport Authority to progress Galway’s Park and Ride

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A dedicated unit established within the National Transport Authority will look at the potential of Park and Ride to help solve Galway City’s traffic congestion problem.

Chief Executive of Galway City Council, Brendan McGrath, said that Park and Ride facilities should not be restricted to the east, and sites needed to be located to the west and north-west to take account of commuters from Connemara.

Mr McGrath said Park and Ride would be advanced this year as part of the Galway Transport Strategy. He said that the Council, in conjunction with the dedicated unit within the NTA, would investigate feasible sites for the location of Park and Ride facilities.

Mr McGrath said that site selection and acquisition of land could commence in the second quarter of this year. He said he expected that Park and Ride would be progressed well before the Galway City Ring Road was built.

Director of Services for Transport, Ruth McNally, also said that the NTA was looking at the potential of sites in the city for Park and Ride and she insisted that money – or a lack of it – was not halting progress.

“Money is not a major issue for capital projects,” she said.

They were responding at Monday’s City Council meeting to councillors who lamented the slow progress on developing Park and Ride.
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