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Traffic chaos fears as street to close for seven weeks

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Date Published: 18-Apr-2011

BY CIARAN TIERNEY

Traffic chaos looms from the middle of next month as Galway City Council intend to close Lower Dominick Street for a period of almost seven weeks to facilitate the extension of the city’s sewerage scheme.

The road, one of the key arteries in the city centre, will be closed from 6am on Tuesday, May 17, to 6pm on Thursday, June 30, due to pipe laying and road construction works.

Although diversions will be in place, and local traffic will be facilitated, the closure of the road – from the junction with Mill Street to the junction with Dominick Street Upper at Monroe’s – is expected to result in significant tailbacks through the western fringe of the city centre.

“It is disruptive and there is never a perfect time to do something like this,” admitted a spokesman for the local authority.

“But for most of that time the secondary schools will be off and we will not yet be into the peak tourist season.”

He said that the main purpose of the scheme was to connect the last remaining pockets of unconnected houses in the city to the main sewerage scheme, capturing discharges of effluent to surface watercourses in the city.

The entire project will include works at Nuns Island, Earls Island, Dominick Street, Claddagh Quay, the Harbour Enterprise Park, Ballyloughnane, and Westside.

The spokesman said that a traffic management plan would be put in place during the seven week road closure, with diversions at Raven Terrace, Fr Griffin Road, and Mill Street.

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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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