Thursday, January 31 10:21:35
Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly, has today announced over E3.7 million worth of sustainable transport investment projects for Galway.
The funding, which is part of the regional cities sustainable transport programme, will go towards improving the walking, cycling and public transport experience for city commuters.
Galway City Council and Bus Eireann will be allocated a total of almost E3.7 million for the local transport infrastructure and scoping studies for possible greenways and coach parking sights.
Announcing the news, Minister Alan Kelly, welcomed the improvements to the transport experience of people in the city.
"We want more people to use public transport, cycle and walk. But people need the necessary infrastructure to make the choice to change their mode of travel. This investment programme is a welcome step to improve local traffic pinch points and to enhance more sustainable transport patterns for the people of Galway City. We don't have as much funding as we want but we are making the best use of what we have," stated the Minister.
Among the key projects is almost E1 million euro spent between a re-design of Ceannt Bus/Railway Station in the city and a pedestrian link from there to the Galway Coach station. The footpath on Bridge Street will be widened while over half a million will be spent to extend the Rahoon Road Bus Lane. The programme will also see an assessment of bus and cycle demand in the city along with some assessment of possible greenway locations to assist with future planning decisions.
"The investment in Ceannt bus station is very welcome. Bus, Rail and Taxi passengers have been on top of each other with narrow footpaths and unclear bus bays. Now this will change and revised layout of the whole court will be put in place," added the Minister.