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Report suggests Gort to Tuam M17 will be ‘ghost’ motorway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A study on future traffic projections forecasts that the long awaited Gort to Tuam motorway will be a ‘ghost-motorway’.
The survey compiled by the Irish Times concludes that in 15 years, the roadway will be operating at less than a quarter of its capacity.
The first sod was officially turned in May on the 57 kilometre M17-M18 motorway with the project expected to create 450 construction jobs.
It’s due to open to traffic in 2018 and is expected to ease congestion by bypassing Tuam, Ardrahan, Claregalway, Kilcolgan, Clarinbridge and Gort.
The National Roads Authority has told the Irish Times that the southern section of the route would carry over 8 thousand vehicles per day, while the northern section, would carry over 7,200.
By 2030, the average annual daily traffic flow is predicted to be over 10,100 vehicles on the southern section and over 9,400 on the northern section.
The design capacity of a four-lane motorway is 40,000 to 50,000 vehicles a day.
Therefore the study forecasts that , in 15 years times, the structure would be operating at less than a quarter of its capacity.

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Galway TDs urged to “do their jobs” and secure funding for county roads

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A County Councillor is urging Galway’s TDs to “do their jobs” and secure badly-needed funding for the countys road network.

The call was made by Councillor Declan Geraghty at this week’s meeting of the Ballinasloe Municipal District, where the poor state of the local road network was discussed.

The meeting heard that the non-national road network in the Ballinasloe area stretches over 1,500km.

However, the road restoration programme for the next 3 years only has the budget to cover a tiny fraction of that figure.

Roads are chosen based on a combination of surface condition and traffic volumes.

Councillors this week noted that due to a lack of funding, there are many roads in a terrible state that aren’t included in the 3 year programme.

It’s a problem replicated in every district in the county, and it’s long been argued by councillors and TDs that Galway County Council is chronically underfunded.

Councillors this week were keen to stress that local authority engineers and workers are doing the best they possibly can with completely inadequate funding.

Councillor Declan Geraghty suggested some of Galway’s TDs should spend more time trying to secure extra funding from Government instead of claiming credit for local things they have nothing to do with.

He asked that they “stop acting the blaggard” and start doing some real work – and leave the work of councillor’s to the councillors themselves.

Councillor Dermot Connolly agreed the state of the roads in the region is an embarrassment – and said he found better roads in Africa during his time there.

It was acknowledged by council officials that while road funding has improved in recent years, it’s not enough and has never been enough.

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2,180 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – 2,180 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 — the most new infections reported in one day since late January.

406 people are being treated in hospital for the virus, 71 of them receiving intensive care.

The five-day moving average has increased to 1,851 – up from 1,686 yesterday.

A further 148 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus in the UK.

Daily figures show there’ve been 43-thousand 423 new cases.

The total number of new infections recorded between last Sunday and today is up 12-point-8 percent on the previous seven days.

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LISTEN: Galway TD calls for Help To Buy Scheme to be extended to vacant properties

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to extend the Help To Buy Scheme to cover vacant properties.

Raising the matter in the Dáil with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Sean Canney said there are vacant properties “splattered” around every town and village.

He asked if cabinet would consider expanding the scheme to help return these properties to the market:

Speaking in response, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar accepted it’s a logical proposal and said the issue is being considered.

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