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County accident blackspot to get speed limit under latest review

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An accident blackspot in the county looks set to get a new speed limit.
Members of Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District Council discussed the draft speed limit review at its meeting this week and one of the areas discussed was Bawnmore.
A number of roads around the county look set to have different speed zones if the full county council passes the changes at a meeting later this month.
Among the speed limits will be a zone of 50 kilometres at Bawnmore to extend beyond Cregg cemetery and a 60 kilometre zone on approach roads.
Councillors have also agreed to change what they call a ‘speed trap’ at Two Mile Bridge on the N83, which was the old N17 at Roadstone from 60 to 100 kilometres per hour limit.
Another notable change will be a 60 kilometre zone from Carnmore Cross to the Lydican junction and 80 kilometre per hour speed limit for the rest of the Claregalway Road from Carnmore.
The speed limit at Annagh Hill, which was previously 100 kilometres per hour will be reduced to 80.
Some councillors voiced concern that speed limits are not being introduced on local roads which have become rat runs, but the council executive said other traffic calming measures might be more appropriate.
In relation to rat runs, Chairperson of Municipal District Council, Frank Kearney says it’s important that the relief road for Claregalway is put back on the government agenda as a priority because the area is still experiencing heavy traffic volume despite the opening of the M17/M18 motorway.
Councillor Martina Kinane said that if Transport Infrastructure Ireland won’t allow some speed limit changes on roads, they should at least provide funds for motorist feedback signs.

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Galway City Councillors Give Green Light To Trial Cycle-way in Salthill.

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway City Councillors have voted to proceed with a trial cycle-way in Salthill.

4 local cycling groups had called on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.

17 out of the 18 city councillors supported the motion by Mayor Collette Connolly at this afternoon’s city council meeting.

The plan had raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.

Campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.

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City Councillors to vote on controversial plan for Salthill Prom cycle-way

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway city councillors will vote this afternoon on controversial proposals to bring a temporary cycle-way to Salthill

Galway Cycling campaign, Galway Urban Greenway Alliance, Knocknacarra Bike Bus and East of the Corrib Bike Bus are calling on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.

The campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.

The plan has raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.

City councillors are set to vote on the proposal at a meeting this afternoon.

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Hopes new action plan could create hundreds of jobs in Galway Gaeltacht village

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: It’s hoped up to 300 new jobs could be brought to a Galway Gaeltacht village with the implementation of a new action plan.

The plan for An Cheathrú Rua as a place to live, work and visit was revealed earlier today by Comharchumann Mhic Dara in association with Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Areas to target in the plan include language and culture, tourism, enterprise, the arts as well as services and infrastructure and marketing.

As part of the plan a new study has found that more than 300 new sustainable jobs could be created if this plan is developed successfully over five years.

Seán Ó Domhnaill, Manager of Comharchumann Mhic Dara says the plan includes the input of local business people, members of the local community and various local and State organisations.

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