News that planning permission has been lodged to construct a new link road at Parkmore to reduce delays at the business park has been welcomed by Galway Chamber.
Chairman of the Galway Chamber Traffic and Transportation Committee, Dr. Chris Coughlan, said that he hoped it would be approved by Galway County Council, and that it would greatly benefit the congestion experienced at peak times.
“We recognise and are concerned about the negative impact that this type of congestion can have on the economic growth of the region and the necessity for measures that will help alleviate this traffic congestion is critical to Galway,” he said.
Galway Chamber, working with the Civil Engineering Department in NUI Galway, has recently issued a survey to several businesses and their employees on the east side of the city, whose results will be used as part of the plans to tackle traffic congestion in the area. Improvements to the bus service, especially routes, timings and frequency, is among the key aspects of the survey. The results will be made public as soon as possible.
The survey is a follow up to last year’s survey which Galway Chamber said provided invaluable data in identifying the travel patterns of people who work in Galway and their views on improving the traffic problem.
Among the findings of the survey last year was the case for a bypass or orbital route around the city, which is also the view of Galway Chamber. “However it will be several years before any road component/orbital route is in place so the key recommendations in the survey look at measures that will have a short term positive impact,” said Galway Chamber.