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Galway rural transport to be managed by new unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The three rural transport schemes in Galway are to be merged into one.

Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, announced major changes to the Rural Transport Scheme at an event in Oranmore today.

The Rural Transport Programme is a Government programme to meet the transport needs of people living in rural areas.

Last year it carried out 1.3 million passenger journeys nationally.

There are currently three schemes in Galway, Bealach in Connemara and West Galway, Galway Rural Development Company runs the North East Galway Scheme and South East Galway Integrated Rural Develoment Limited.

Under new plans, Galway’s rural transport scheme will be run by a single Transport Co-ordination Unit, working closely with the local authorities.

Nationally, it will mean the number of companies operating rural transport schemes will be reduced from 35 to 18 co-ordination units.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Minister Alan Kelly says the new changes will improve rural transport in Galway.

Chairperson of the Rural Transport Network, Fiona O’ Shea says the demand for rural transport is widening.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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