Traffic congestion at Parkmore is having a serious negative effect on employees, customers, suppliers and people who live nearby, according to Labour Cllr Niall McNelis.
Cllr McNelis said this week that industry located at Parkmore plays a key role in Galway’s urban economy, providing vital employment and a place for enterprise and innovation to flourish, unfortunately, congestion is a major issue there.
A solution to the serious traffic congestion in Parkmore Industrial estate is needed sooner rather than later, he said.
“Serious traffic congestion and long delays that can last up to one hour getting out of the estate in the evening are causing serious concerns of sustainability and on development,” he said, pointing out the impact on businesses, such as inconveniencing visitors on a tight schedule to airports, and delaying shipment of products, delivery of supplies and employees rushing to collect children from crèche, “to name but a few”.
The issue was first raised back in 2013, he said, and both City and County Managers have acknowledged that there is a problem and their commitment to addressing it.
“These issues are now stunting the employment growth in the area. Some businesses have been forced to look at selecting new sites outside Galway for expansion and investment because the capacity to grow in Galway has been stifled by this very serious traffic issue. As global leaders we can all attest to the fact that an issue like this would not be allowed to occur in other ‘industry friendly’ countries,” said Cllr McNelis.
“Companies have exhausted all opportunities within their own scope to resolve this. They include the staggering of start and finish times, actively promoting the Bike to Work scheme, car pooling and other sustainable transport initiatives. To date these are having little impact on the ever increasing volume of traffic in the estate.!
Galway City Council and Galway County Council have to deal now with the urgency of this situation, he said.
“In the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs 2015, businesses are asked to do whatever they can to create employment in Ireland. The council’s lack of action in resolving the traffic issues at Parkmore is in complete contradiction of Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation plan. Galway City and County Councils need to deliver on their commitment to resolve this very serious issue.”
Cllr McNelis said that four solutions were proposed in a meeting with IDA in December 2014. The intervention at authority level of both Galway City and Galway County Council to implement a more comprehensive response is now needed, he said, adding he will raise the issue at the next city council meeting and has written to both Chief Executives of Galway City and County Councils.