Galway City Council, in partnership the National Transport Authority (NTA) and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), have launched a non-statutory public consultation today on the Emerging Preferred Option for BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road. The 4-kilometre scheme from the Martin Roundabout to Moneenageisha Junction provides a high-quality pedestrian, cycle and public transport corridor serving the entire of the Dublin Road. Galway City Council invites members of the public, landowners and other stakeholders to learn more about the proposed scheme, and to share their feedback, through an innovative ‘virtual information room’, which can be accessed through www.bcgdublinroad.ie . This project is part of the Galway Transport Strategy and the wider BusConnects Galway project.
Speaking about the launch, Uinsinn Finn, Senior Engineer, Galway City Council, commented “In response to Covid-19 restrictions, the BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road design team have developed a virtual information room, where the public can read more about the proposed scheme, including project documentation and maps. The purpose of the consultation is to invite feedback, questions and support for the Emerging Preferred Option, to help inform the scheme design as it proceeds through the planning process. Consultation commences on the 8th of October 2020, and will run for a minimum period of 6 weeks. Galway City Council welcome the engagement of the public, landowners and other stakeholders on the project”.
Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT), Merlin Park Hospital, Galway Hospice and hotels, residential schemes, sports grounds and commercial premises along the route will benefit from improved journey times and safer, more accessible and sustainable travel, as part of the proposed BusConnects Galway: Dublin Road project.
Sarah O’Donnell, Project Architect for TII, commented that the plan takes into account the many distinct features along the existing road corridor, including the Meadows proposal, which will incorporate a two-way cycle path. Sarah notes that the team sought to provide high quality multi-modal infrastructure whilst ensuring the least impact on the route’s distinctive green belt and stone walls and the least intrusion on existing lands and homes.
The non-statutory public consultation, including the virtual information room, will be online from October 8th at 4pm for a minimum of 6 weeks, see www.bcgdublinroad.ie
Stakeholders are encouraged to share their views and submit any questions during the consultation period.