Government Funding for City Traffic and Road Improvements as part of Jobs Initiative
The Government is providing funding as part of the Jobs Initiative for Smarter travel and Public Transport projects for 4 regional cities including Galway.
Over €800,000 is being allocated to four projects in the City including funding for the provision of a Galway City Traffic Control Centre which will monitor traffic, message signs and cameras from within City Hall.
Other initiatives include the construction of a high-quality ‘Greenway’ cycle and pedestrian route from NUIG to Galway Cathedral to tie in with the cycling network and the Galway – Clifden cycle route.
New variable message signs providing motorists with information and parking guidance, similar to those already in operation in Dublin, will be implemented on foot of the funding.
Eight junctions, pedestrian crossings and bus routes at locations across the City will also be upgraded as part of the works.
Commenting on the Jobs Initiative Schemes, Galway West Deputy Seán Kyne said: “The announcement of the funding demonstrates that the Government is committed to implementing the measures contained in the Jobs Iniative without delay.
“Not only will the works provide much need employment in Galway but they will also go some way in improving the City’s traffic issues. In particular, the installation of Variable Message Signs provide motorists with up-to-the-minute traffic information and can help keep traffic flowing.
“The quarter of a million euro in funding for the Greenway is very welcome and ties in with the commitment to tourism which the new Government is demonstrating. The provision of high-quality Greenways has proved enormously successful at other locations and such facilities will provide a boost to tourism stretching from the City and into Connemara.”