The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has approved the business case and the cost-benefit analysis for the Galway City Bypass which has been renamed the Galway Ring Road Project.
This is an important step forward for the Bypass which is now termed Galway Ring Road Project.
In effect, it means that the Project has passed a number of important tests. Firstly, the benefits of the Bypass have been judged to be worth the investment of public moneys and secondly the Ring Road has successfully passed the scrutiny of the Department of Transport’s Economic and Evaluation Unit.
The Galway Ring Road Project has now transferred to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for review. As with all infrastructure projects of €100 million or more it will then go before the Government for ultimate approval.
As the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe are former Ministers for Transport and have visited Galway on my invitation regarding transport issues, I’m confident that the importance of the Galway Ring Road Project is fully understood and appreciated at Government level.