I welcome today’s (Tuesday) decision by Government to approve the Galway City Ring Road.
The Government’s approval for the N6 Galway Ring Road Scheme, formerly the Galway City Outer Bypass, is a significant step forward for the project which will relieve and reduce congestion in Galway city and county.
Significant work has been completed on the project, including environmental assessment and consultation with key stakeholders, so that it can go straight to An Bord Pleanala. Public consultation will also take place as part of the planning process, an important step given the scale of the project.
While there is no ‘silver bullet’ to solve the transport challenges facing us in Galway, the Ring Road will take traffic out of the city, enable public transport improvements – such as public transport corridors and a bus rapid transit system – and will reduce the time workers and visitors spend getting around Galway.
The importance too of greenways and railways cannot be underestimated and the continuation of the Western Rail Corridor northwards along with the introduction of greenways from Oughterard/Moycullen, Tuam/Claregalway and Athenry/Oranmore into the city will provide people with a choice and an alternative way of travelling.
I look forward to the progression of the Galway Ring Road and its implementation for the benefits it will bring for the future of our city and county.