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Opposition to removing city roundabouts is mounting

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Date Published: 02-Jun-2011

By Dara Bradley

The campaign to halt plans to get rid of Galway’s main roundabouts and to replace them with ‘intelligent’ traffic junctions is gaining momentum.

Galway City Council last night held a public meeting to allay fears about the proposal to change Lynch Roundabout (Briarhill) to a signalised junction – it is one of six roundabouts that may be removed and replaced with so-called ‘intelligent’ traffic lights, like those at the Moneenageisha junction.

But opposition to the €6 million improvement works, known as the Bóthar na dTreabh (N6) Multi-Modal Corridor Improvement Scheme, intensified this week ahead of the meeting.

An MEP called the proposals “absurd” while Galway Chamber also voiced its concerns about the plan while retired city businessman, Tom O’Connor this week wrote to all city councillors urging them to vote against officials’ plans to remove the roundabouts.

Already several city councillors and city businesspeople have voiced their opposition to the plan while all 30 county councillors unanimously agreed to send a letter to City Hall to voice their objections.

Michael Coyle, CEO of Galway Chamber, said the majority of members that attended a meeting with Council officials expressed serious reservations about the proposals.

Ireland North West MEP, Jim Higgins raised the issue in the European Parliament this week and asked if the Council is going to “bulldoze” through the proposals without responding to genuine concerns.

The Fine Gael MEP said he was concerned that one of the reason cited by the Council in favour of the plan is that it would improve the circulation of buses on the route.

But at present Bus Éireann do not operate services along the N6 across the Corrib, and in an email to Mr Higgins, Ray McDonagh of Bus Éireann said “there are no current plans to operate a city service over Quincentenary Bridge. This area does not have sufficient population density”.

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

 

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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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.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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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.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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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.

 

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