Minister for Public and Commuter Transport Alan Kelly has announced a €3.7 million investment in transport in Galway.
At a press conference this morning at Ceannt Station, Minister Kelly confirmed a major investment in local sustainable transport facilities, including almost €1 million towards a redesign of Ceannt Station and a pedestrian link with Galway Coach Station.
This will include a “major improvement” of the bus/rail/taxi interchange at the station, with widened footpaths, “properly designed” bus bays and revised taxi arrangements. Approximately €100,000 is also to be allocated for design work for the provision of new double height glass and steel concourse as an interchange area for bus and rail passengers. This will include a seated waiting area, retail units, vending area and a new office for bus inspectors.
Othe projects included in the plans are improvement to the Wellpark Road/Connolly Avenue Junction, footpath widening on Bridge Street, a study to examine options for better traffic flow at the Salmon Weir Bridge, parking guidance signage and information boards in key areas of the city.
Funding was also allocated for the development of a greenway between NUI Galway and Galway Cathedral, CCTV cameras at city junctions to facilitate better traffic management and investment in bus lanes at Rahoon Road and Monivea Road.
A study will also be commissioned on bus and cycle network demand, in addition to an upgrade of pedestrian crossings in Eyre Square, covered bicycle parking at UHG and Merlin Park, a new junction and access road (with on-road cycleway) at Merlin Park and a study to list potential sites for tour buses in the city.
A feasibility study for the Wolfe Tone Bridge will also proceed, alongside various bus network improvement projects, bus stop upgrades, and improved parking and signage for cyclists.