Over 21,000 passengers used the Christmas Park and Ride Service over the festive season, a third more than in previous years.
Galway City Council confirmed this week that the overall number of passengers increased by 35 per cent from a total of 15,650 people in 2011 to 21,101 passengers from 1 December to Christmas Eve 2012. There was also an increase of more than 20 per cent in the number of cars parking up at the racecourse over the period.
Saturday 22 December was the busiest day for both passengers and cars using the service, with 3,009 travelling on the Bus Eireann shuttle and 690 vehicles availing of parking facilities at Ballybrit.
The increase shows that numbers have nearly doubled since 2009, when 10,132 availed of the service and city officials have attributed the boost to the convenience, speed and cost of the service.
“Staff in Galway City Council’s Transportation Unit will now analyse the figures in detail and review the service. What is immediately apparent is that there is a growing interest in and demand for a Park and Ride Service for shoppers and commuters coming in to the city,” said a Galway City Council spokesperson.