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Contract for Gort to Tuam motorway to be signed this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The contract for the new M17/M18 motorway between Gort and Tuam will be signed this week.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has confirmed that negotiations are complete, and the contract signing signals the beginning of what he calls a ‘vital project.

Direct Route, the contracting consortium for the new motorway, includes three Irish companies- Roadbridge, John Sisk, and Lagan Construction.

The Department of Public Expenditure made a commitment of 20 million euro last year as an initial deposit to get negotiations underway.
 
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed that there will be no tolls on the route, which will take up to three years to complete and should open to traffic in 2017.

Minister Cannon says the Public Private Partnership project will make the West an even more attractive location for investment and job creation.

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Efforts continue to find base for Galway city’s Christmas Park n Ride service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts to secure a suitable base for a park and ride system in Galway city during the forthcoming Christmas season are continuing.

City Council CEO, Brendan McGrath, told a meeting of City Councillors that efforts to find a base for the service in the Racecourse area are ongoing, despite earlier failed attempts to secure the Ballybrit location.

Councillors at this week’s City Council meeting stressed that only 98 days remain from now until Christmas.

But time is of the essence if a park and ride bus service is are to be in place in Galway city for the shopping season.

Efforts to establish the long-standing park and ride starting point at the Galway Racecourse have not worked out, so far.

There is a Covid testing centre at the Racecourse which limits the space there.

However, Council CEO Brendan McGrath said that contacts continue with the Racecourse management in the hope of reaching a solution.

In the meantime, Councillors Alan Cheevers and Declan McDonnell suggested the Galway Airport site should be looked at but Senior Engineer, Uinsionn Finn said that it may not be a good location.

Councillor Clodagh Higgins said she could see shoppers hitting for Athlone or Limerick to escape the traffic gridlock in Galway unless a park and ride service was in operation at Christmas.

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  • The Secretary General of the UN says the world has never been more threatened or more divided. COVID and climate change are predicted to dominate discussions at the UN General Assembly in New York.
  • Galway’s Crime Prevention Officer is appealing to students to avoid drugs, and get involved with other aspects of campus life instead as they return to the city’s colleges for the new academic year.
  • Smoking among teenage boys is growing in popularity, for the first time in 25 years.
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Galway Gardai appeal for witnesses to city centre Assault

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai in Mill Street are appealing for witnesses to an assault in the city centre involving a number of youths.

The incident took place at Ball Alley Lane, Eyre Square on Friday night around 11.30 when it’s alleged a male and two females were assaulted by a group of young men.

A black iphone was also stolen during the incident.

Sergeant Darragh Brown of Galway Gardai is appealing for anyone with any information to come forward – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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