Minister for Public & Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly has announced over €4 million in funding for transport projects for Galway city. The funding has been allocated through the National Transport Authority under the Regional Cities Accessibility Programme.
The investment will allow a range of projects to go ahead, designed to improve traffic flows and remove pinch points, provide better access for buses and taxis, and provide new or better routes for cyclists and pedestrians.
The programme will see a revamp of Ceannt bus station in Galway city with widened footpaths and better designed bus bays to greatly enhance the experience for transport users.
Among the other key measures will be improved transport connections to the west of the city with a major programme of bus lanes, junction alteration and bus-stop upgrades Bishop O’Donnell/Seamus Quirke Road costing over €1million. Funding will also be allocated towards the cities’ traffic management centre and continued construction of the Fisheries Field Greenway linking NUI Galway with the cathedral and the college’s offsite playing fields costing €250,000.
The funding will also see €200,000 being spent on new signage and information boards at high pedestrian flow areas like Salthill Prom and Canal walks while a study will also be commissioned to look at better ways of utilising the Salmon Weir bridge which will include one-way traffic flow or signal controlled shuttle traffic running on the famous bridge.