Date Published: 09-Jun-2011
BY ENDA CUNNINGHAM
An announcement is expected next Monday on funding for a high-tech new traffic management, CCTV and city-wide electronic messaging system, the Galway City Tribune has learned.
The system, which will cost €250,000, could be in place by the end of the year, and the head of transportation for the city has promised it would make a “huge” difference to traffic flow in the city.
As well as relaying live images from around 20 signalised junctions around the city, the system will allow traffic controllers alter traffic light sequences at the flick of a switch to alleviate backlogs, and will provide live information on traffic jams and carparking spaces for motorists.
The Galway City Tribune understands that an announcement is due on Monday on whether €250,000 in funding will be provided for the scheme.
It will see the establishment of a Central Control Room which can change the flow of traffic as the need arises.
All of the lights will be linked in sequence to ensure traffic flows inbound smoothly in the morning and outbound in the evenings – a traffic controller will be able to override red lights to ensure a clear ‘green run’. The control room will be manned initially from 7.30am to 7.30pm.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.