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Public meeting over lack of bus services in Annaghdown and Corrandulla

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will be held in Corrandulla on Thursday evening over the lack of bus connectivity in the Annaghdown and Corrandulla areas, with protests set to be mobilised over the coming weeks.

The meeting to be held at the Old Girl’s School at 8.30pm will discuss the ongoing campaign to secure bus services with the most recent proposals rejected in the short-term by the National Transport Authority.

It’s understood the NTA has advised there is no funding available to support services at this time.

It has also been advised that although priority will be given to reconnect Corrandulla via Claregalway following the withdrawal of the 456 Bus Eireann service in mid-2018, the NTA does not intend to provide a direct Local Link service to Galway city from Annaghdown.

Local Independent councillor James Charity argues rural areas have been “treated in an appalling fashion” and the vital service is not being delivered despite previous commitments.

Formal protests are to take place in the coming weeks with Bus Eireann, the NTA and Local Link all put on notice regarding the planned action.

Councillor Charity says such a lack of bus services is impacting many areas of wider North Galway – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Public meeting of City Joint Policing Committee to be held in Knocknacarra

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee will be held in Knocknacarra next week.

The JPC serves as a forum for consultation, discussion and recommendations on matters affecting policing across the city.

The discussion at the upcoming public meeting of the City JPC will focus on the strategic goals outlined in the 4 year strategic plan 2017 to 2020.

These are to promote the safety of all road users in Galway City; to enhance community safety responses with a view to crime prevention; to reduce and prevent anti-social behavior in Galway City; and to support community engagement models of practice.

Members of the public are invited to attend to express their views – they’ll also have the opportunity to put questions to the Joint Policing Committee on general policing matters.

The public meeting of the JPC will take place at Knocknacarra Community Centre next Tuesday evening at 7.

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Oral hearing told 61 submissions on ringroad plan relate to traffic

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Day two of the Galway City Ring Road hearing heard statement of evidence in response to traffic and transport objections and submissions.

The statement of evidence was presented on behalf of Galway County Council by Project Director for Systra Limited, Andrew Archer.

61 of the 296 submissions and objections to An Bord Pleanala regarding the N6 Galway City Ring Road development relate to traffic.

The key traffic issues include increased traffic on local roads, whether stand-alone solutions can solve traffic issues and whether the scheme will help public transport.

In relation to a stand-alone public transport alternative to the Ring Road Development, the analysis presented by Transport Planner Andrew Archer, argues that it is not appropriate in isolation but should form part of a holistic transport solution – as included in the Galway Transport Strategy.

In the case for the introduction of Light Rail Service or Tram for the city, the analysis presented found it was no suitable due to insufficient demand and a lack of population density.

The positive impact of the proposed road development, as put forward by Mr Archer, argues that the project will achieve improved journey times for both private vehicles and public transport.

Up to a 10 percent decrease in overall city traffic will be achieve during peak times – including a 38 reduction in heavy good vehicles passing through the city.

A 10 percent decrease in public transport journey times.

Journey times from the east to the west of the city will be 44 percent faster.

43 percent less delay times across the city network and a 17 percent reduction in average journeys during peak times.

The evidence presented in this morning’s session states that the N6 GCRR development will provide the required capacity for all modes of transport in Galway to support economic growth into the future.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

UHG is the second most overcrowded hospital in the country today.

University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected with 63 people awaiting beds, according to the INMO.

That’s followed by 47 at University Hospital Galway and 45 at Cork University Hospital waiting on trolleys or along wards

Figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show that 518 patients are awaiting admission across the country.

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