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Only a strategic transport plan for Galway will sort traffic chaos – Ó Clochartaigh

23 February, 2015

Galway needs an integrated, comprehensive transport plan to solve the major traffic chaos in the city and county, according to Sinn Fein Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

‘It is quite clear that the current routes being suggested for the Galway City Outer bypass are totally unacceptable to the local community and should be scrapped.

‘I am also unconvinced that the former route planned would have any significant impact on the volumes of traffic travelling through the city. I fear that there may be vested interests that are pushing this option, but at the end of the day hundreds of millions of euro could be wasted without easing the pressure on commuters in any meaningful way.

‘Galway’s traffic chaos is a product of decades of atrocious planning, lack of investment and non-existent co-ordination of existing services, as has been highlighted by my Sinn Féin colleagues on the city and county councils.

‘What we need is a comprehensive study of the travel patterns of people in the city and the wider region. This needs to specify how, when, where and why people are travelling across and through the city.

‘We then need to tailor solutions to actually get people to where they need to go, in a timely and efficient manner. This means implementing a strategy that looks at relocation of facilities, development of new infrastructure in the form of light rail, park and ride facilities, widened roads with extra capacity, cycling and pedestrian facilities and also at a bypass option.
‘We need to co-ordinate and adapt the existing transport provision into the new strategy also.

‘Lots of practical, easy to implement measures could be introduced in the interim to ease pressure on the system. But to do this we must have buy in from Galway City and County Councils, from transport providers, the NRA and Department of Transport and other key stakeholders.

‘We then need our government need to secure funding for the strategy and this will need support at local authority, national and European level. I will be working with the Sinn Féin team at all of these levels to make sure that such a strategy is developed and that that the people of Galway get results from any investment in transport infrastructure in the city & county and a transport system that we can be proud of.’

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