Date Published: 08-Jun-2011
Major infrastructural projects like the Gort to Tuam motorway, the Galway City Outer Bypass and the extension of the Western Rail Corridor are about to be shelved as tens of millions have been slashed from road and rail projects.
The Minister for Transport stated emphatically this week that there would be no new roads project carried out next year.
And it has also cast a cloud over the Claregalway bypass being constructed although a firm of consultants was recently employed by Galway County Council to progress this project to the compulsory purchase order stage.
With a whopping €150 million cut from the Government’s infrastructural budget this year, there is now no chance of any progress being made on the much needed Galway City Outer Bypass, which is currently immersed in a legal wrangle by objectors to the €350 million project.
This project was to be funded by the state, but Minister Leo Varadkar completely ruled out any roads project happening next year as he emphasised that savage cuts in spending had to be made.
With regards the Gort to Tuam motorway, around €120 million has already been spent on this scheme with the vast majority of this being on the acquisition of lands along the 57 kilometre route.
The consortium chosen to construct the motorway as part of a public private partnership agreement encountered difficulties raising the finance to construct the€500 million project and there were plans by the National Roads Authority to put it out to tender again.
And with €30 million slashed from the CIE budget, there is little chance of the Western Rail Corridor being extended to Tuam within the next few years – indeed, there is every possibility that some of the services between Galway and Limerick could be axed in the process.
Galway West TD Noel Grealish said that from meetings he attended with Minister Varadkar in recent weeks, it was apparent that no roads would be built in Galway for the next few years.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.