Work on bike stations is temporarily suspended

Some residents have objected to the location of the bike stations around the city, particularly the one in University Road.
Some residents have objected to the location of the bike stations around the city, particularly the one in University Road.

Work has been suspended on three of the docking stations planned for the city’s bike rental scheme after councillors voiced their concerns over the locations.

The chief executive of Galway City Council Brendan McGrath told councillors at the last council meeting that he would discuss the issues with officials from the National Transport Authority (NTA) and the consultants charged with putting the scheme in place.

Until that discussion took place, work on University Road, Merchants Road and Fr Griffin Road would be halted.

A spokesman for the local authority said work would continue on the 16 stations around the city.

“The chief executive agreed to defer the works at those three locations until a meeting can take place. That hasn’t taken place yet. The project is scheduled to be up and running soon,” he said.

Alternative locations will be examined in a bid to allay the concerns of residents and councillors and Mr McGrath would report back on progress at the next meeting.

The Merchants Road docking station was located too near houses, while the one on University Road was criticised by residents for taking over a third of the on-street parking spaces.

Cllr Billy Cameron tabled a motion to stop work in Newcastle near University Hospital Galway, saying there had been no consultation whatsoever with local residents.

At the request of Mr McGrath, Cllr Cameron agreed to defer the motion until the next meeting.

 

The scheme was being rolled out by the NTA with support from the city’s Transportation Unit.  The scheme will see the city getting 205 bikes, 19 stations and 395 stands with a start date earmarked for late October.