Galway City Council will be making an application to An Bord Pleanála, under Section 51 of the Roads Act 1993, for the proposed BusConnects Galway: Cross-City Link (University Road to Dublin Road) scheme. Galway City Council will also make a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the lands necessary for the scheme, and that order will be subject to confirmation by An Bord Pleanála.
The Cross-City Link is one of the major projects identified for Galway City as part of the Galway Transport Strategy (GTS). The Galway Transport Strategy was developed by Galway City Council, Galway County Council, and the National Transport Authority in 2016, and sets out a framework for the transformation of Galway’s transport networks over the short, medium and long-term.
The Cross-City Link is a project under the wider BusConnects Galway Programme. BusConnects is the National Transport Authority’s programme to greatly improve bus services in Irish cities. It is a key part of national policy within the Project Ireland National Development Plan 2021-2030 and aligns with Government policy to improve public transport and address climate change across Ireland. This scheme is funded by the National Transport Authority and the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund.
The proposed road development will form a central route for public transport, cyclists and pedestrians along an east-west corridor through the city centre, while removing ‘through’ traffic from the city centre. The proposed road development is approximately 6.7 km in length on existing roads in Galway City. The area of the proposed road development incorporating the permanent works is 11.4 ha. Access for ‘destination’ traffic will be maintained, but re-routed in many locations to provide access to premises and city centre carparks. Loading for businesses along the proposed road development will also be maintained, but similarly altered and restricted to specific times and routes.
The city bus network routes will be altered to use this high quality corridor, providing high-frequency services with journey time reliability and opportunities for interchange. The corridor will ensure that public transport services can access key areas, such as the retail and recreational centre of the city, public transport hubs at the rail and bus stations, the city centre hotels and Bed & Breakfasts, and key areas such as University Hospital Galway, University of Galway and the Galway Cathedral.
Newspaper notices will be in local and national papers this Friday the 16th of September 2022. Project documentation will then be available on the scheme website at www.crosscitylinkgalway.ie
Hard copy documents can be viewed in City Hall, from 9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday, from Wednesday 21st September to Friday 18th November 2022.
Submissions/observations can also be made on the An Bord Pleanála website at the following address: https://www.pleanala.ie/en-ie/observations
Any enquiries relating to the application process should be directed to An Bord Pleanála (Tel. 01 8588100).