There is good news for the 6,000 workers at Parkmore with the announcement that Galway County Council has granted planning permission for a new link road in the business park.
The end to the traffic congestion at the business park could be set in sight as this is a significant move in the bid to solve the issue. Currently, motorists sit in traffic for up to 90 minutes every evening.
Fine Gael Deputy Hildegarde Naughton, welcomed the news today, Thursday. She said, “I am very glad to see progress on this issue.
This problem did not appear overnight; it has become increasingly worse over the past two to three years and has reached the stage where business leaders in Parkmore formed a group comprising chief executive officers and senior executives of the companies in the area to voice their concerns.”
She explained that this group agreed to work with Galway City Council, Galway County Council and IDA Ireland in a constructive and proactive manner in order to try to find solutions.
She added, “Together with the €100,000 for further design work on the Parkmore Road, secured after my intervention with the Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton TD, this new access road for the business park will help to alleviate the chronic traffic congestion employees and visitors endure every day.”
She acknowledged the positive role of the employers group in Parkmore and the speed and efficiency with which the council addressed this matter.
“I know from meeting and corresponding with workers in the area that ongoing traffic issues are a blight on their lives. Hopefully, in six weeks time when the project is completed, they will notice a positive effect on their quality of life.” she added.
This issue is an example of the chronic traffic congestion that Galway suffers from, she added.
“As more people move to the edge of Galway, traffic congestion will get worse. Many people drive their cars into the city centre to get to work, for lack of an alternative.
It is compounded by people being brought into the city on large roads or motorways. These roads then link up with smaller, older, narrower roads in the city centre. This causes bottlenecks and congestion.
In that light I welcome the recent publication of the integrated transport strategy for Galway and look forward to considering its recommendations,” concluded Deputy Naughton.