A Park and Ride system introduced for last weekend’s GAA action at Pearse Stadium has been branded a major success.
While Galway fans may have been disappointed with the result, the facility was deemed to be an “outstanding success” this week by County Galway GAA, with over 1,000 people using the Bus Link between 12 noon and 3.30pm on Sunday.
In excess of 600 cars were parked at the Galway Airport facilities at Carnmore for the duration of the games, with patrons from Galway, Mayo and Sligo taking advantage of the service, which is said to have eased parking worries for many visitors to the Salthill venue on Sunday.
The success follows a lacklustre first week for the newly-introduced Park and Ride at Galway Airport, with organisers admitting that there was an “inevitably low” uptake on the service.
However, a spokesman for Galway GAA said that the Park and Ride would be used for games in the future, adding that they were confident that the number of daily patrons would continue to grow as the public get used to the new facility.
The Park and Ride includes 50 journeys each day, with the first bus departing at 7.20am and running every 20 minutes until 9am, every 30 minutes from 9am to 4pm and every 20 minutes between 4pm and 6.45pm.
The parking site at Galway Airport is monitored by staff during opening hours and the park and ride costs €2 per journey, with special family and weekly tickets available.
For more information, log on to www.galwayparkandride.com.