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Galway City bus trips up 200,000 in the space of a year



 The number of passenger trips taken on Bus Éireann buses in Galway City increased by 200,000 in the space of a year, newly released figures reveal 

 The increase in popularity of the semi-state company’s bus service, increasing from 3.3 million in 2011 to 3.5 million in 2012, was achieved despite a reduction in the fleet serving the city.

The Transport Omnibus, released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), showed that passenger numbers in the city were 3.4 million in 2010.

In that year, there were 32 buses in the Galway City fleet but that was since reduced to 25 in 2011 and 2012.

The CSO document revealed that on average 58,159 customers use the city’s Bus Éireann on a weekly basis, with Thursdays the most popular day (10,104) and Sundays the least popular (3,166).

It found the busiest period for Bus Éireann in Galway City is from 1pm to 4pm, when 26.4% of all trips are taken.

The earlier time of 10am-1pm is the second busiest when 20.5% of all trips were taken.

From midnight to 7am is a period in which just 0.4% of trips are taken.

`Bus Éireann in a statement said it developed a plan in 2006 to improve its Galway city services. The three main elements were the removal of inefficient cross-city services and replacing them with radial type services; introducing clock-face timetables; and improve frequency.

The plan was included in the Galway 2006 Strategic Bus Study. The Programme for Government required a public transport review. This was undertaken in 2011 by the National Transport Authority and they gave approval to the Bus Éireann Galway Plan. 

“The revised Galway City bus network came into effect in March 2012 and has been hugely successful leading to an increase by 200,000 to 3.5 million passenger numbers in 2012. Also in 2012, Bus Éireann introduced seven new single-deck city buses on city routes throughout Galway in a move to enhance customer comfort and increase capacity on busy routes,” the company’s spokesperson said.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel


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Boil water notice issued for Barna area



A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Councillors back bid to ban city centre parking in Galway



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Councillors have unanimously agreed to ask Transport Minister Eamon Ryan to limit parking to residents only in the city centre.

Pedestrians in the city are being treated like second-class citizens, according to the Mayor, who said cars continued to get the priority on Galway’s streets.

At a meeting of the City Council this week, Mayor Colette Connolly (Ind) said the city had come to a standstill in car traffic, and pedestrians and cyclists were suffering the consequences.

“At junctions, why am I a second-class citizen in my own city as a pedestrian? It rains in Galway for 300 days of the year, but I am a second-class citizen when priority is given to motorists.

“It’s always the pedestrian that waits,” she said, hitting out at the length it took to get a green light to cross at pedestrian crossings.

One way to reduce the number of cars in the city centre would be to limit parking to residents only in the city centre, said the Mayor.

In a motion she proposed, seconded by Cllr Mike Cubbard (Ind), councillors unanimously agreed to write to the Minister for Transport to demand he pass the necessary legislation to enable the Council to do this.

The Mayor said residents were “sick, sore and tired” of people parking where they wanted when they visited the city and said despite a desire to introduce this measure going back almost 20 years, the Council was hamstrung by national legislation that prevented them from proceeding.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Planners approve homes for ‘cuckoo fund’ investor



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The green light has been given for the construction of 345 apartments at the Crown Square site in Mervue – the majority of which will be put on the rental market and operated by a ‘cuckoo fund’ for a minimum of fifteen years.

Crown Square Developments, which is owned by developer Padraic Rhatigan, has secured permission from An Bord Pleanála for the ‘Build to Rent’ development, with four blocks ranging ranging from four to nine storeys in height.

There will also be a neighbourhood facility with a gym, a primary care medical centre with pharmacy, a ‘working from home’ lounge, six shops, a games room and a creche.

There will be 240 two-bed apartments, 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds, all of which will be specifically for the rental market and not available to purchase.

A breakdown of the apartments shows there will be 240 two-beds; 86 one-beds and 19 three-beds.

To meet social housing requirements, the developer plans to transfer 35 of the apartments (20 two-bed, 10 one-bed and 5 three-bed) to Galway City Council.

A total of 138 car-parking spaces have been allocated on the lower basement levels of Crown Square for residents, along with shared access to another 109 spaces and another 13 for use by a ‘car club’. There will be 796 secure bicycle parking spaces to serve the apartments.

The Board has ordered that the apartments can only be used as long-term rentals, and none can be used for short-term lettings.

Under ‘Build to Rent’ guidelines, the development must be owned and operated by an institutional entity for a minimum period of 15 years and “where no individual residential units shall be sold separately for that period”. The 15-year period starts from the date of occupation of the first residential unit.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.


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