Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge

  • Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge

    As part of the Galway Transport Strategy , Galway City Council is proposing the provision of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge over the River Corrib adjacent to the existing Salmon Weir Bridge.

    The development of a world-class shared-use pedestrian and cycle bridge at the Salmon Weir Bridge will bring a number of significant benefits to Galway City, including:

    • Removal of current conflicts between vehicles including buses, trucks and cars, and pedestrians/ cyclists on the existing 200 year old bridge.
    • Facilitating the development of a cross-city public transport corridor over the existing bridge, as part of the Galway Transport Strategy (BusConnects Galway). BusConnects Galway will enhance public transport in Galway City with strategic high-frequency cross-city bus routes reducing dependency on the single occupant car in the city.
    • Enhancing links between both sides of the river, supporting sustainable and active modes of transport, between significant populations in the University Hospital Galway, the National University of Ireland Galway, the Cathedral, the Courthouse, local communities and schools, and the city centre core.
    • Creation of a focal point for locals and tourists alike, by offering new views of the river, the Cathedral, angling activities, the canal and the mill race - removed from traffic, and offering a relaxing place close to water and nature, right in the city.
    • Supporting the Masterplan for the adjacent Nuns Island , which will extend the city centre into this area and facilitate the regeneration of Nuns Island.
    • 'Making a Statement' that captures and celebrates the historical significance of the area on either side of the new bridge.
  • Project Progress

    (January 2020) A preferred option for the bridge has been identified, with environmental reporting underway. Galway City Council intend to submit the project through the planning process in 2020. Further details will available as part of the planning process.

    (June 2020) Galway is built at the mouth of the River Corrib, with four bridges bringing residents over the fastest flowing city river in Europe, into our city centre, and onward to Connemara or the East. Wednesday 10th June marked a significant milestone for a transformative project for sustainable travel in Galway City, as Galway City Councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of endorsing the new Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge. The proposed new bridge will now proceed to An Bord Pleanála for approval. This is the first new proposed river crossing to be provided in Galway in over 30 years.

    Galway City Council is inviting members of the public to learn more about the proposed bridge, through an innovative ‘virtual information session’, as part of non-statutory public information on the project. In response to Covid-19 restrictions, the design team have developed a virtual information room, where the public can read more about the proposed new Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge - including project documentation, live models and virtual fly throughs. The site will go live on Monday the 29th June and can be accessed through

  • EIA Screening Determination - Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge (June 2020)

    Notice is hereby given that Galway City Council propose to construct a pedestrian and cycle bridge adjacent to the existing Salmon Weir Bridge.  The proposed development is to be located between Gaol Road and Newtownsmith in Galway City Centre and will cross the Lower River Corrib.Section 50(1) (d) of the Roads Act (as amended) states that where the construction of the proposed public road (the bridge falls into this classification) is located on a European site (or other important sites as listed in section 50 (1) (d)), the authority proposing the development must make an Environmental Impact Assessment screening determination and must also make the decision publicly available.  The determination was made on 25 June 2020 and is available for viewing by the public. Read more

    Report for the purposes of Appropriate Assessment Screening Salmon Weir Ped Cycle Bridge July 2020.pdf
  • AA Screening Determination Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge.pdf
  • EIA Screening Report Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge.pdf
  • EIA Screening Determination Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge July 2020.pdf
  • Image of Proposed Bridge

    Image of Proposed Bridge

    Existing Bridge, with the Inland Fisheries Ireland eel structure in the foreground

  • An Bord Pleanála Direction September 2020

    Following submission of EIA screening and request for direction from An Bord Pleanála - the direction was received by Galway City Council on 30 September 2020.

    Please see 
    (a) Board Order D307443.pdf
    (b) Inspectors Report R307443.pdf
    (c) Board Direction S307443.pdf 

    The full direction can be viewed on the An Bord Pleanála website. 

    The Salmon Weir Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge is part funded by the National Transport Authority and the European Regional Development Fund , with the support of the Northern & Western Regional Assembly.

    For more information, contact the BusConnects Galway team in Galway City Council

    Tel. 091 536400





An Bord Pleanála Submissions re Salmon Weir Pedestrian Bridge.pdf

ABP-308783-10 - TII Letter confirming that they have no objections.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - Alice and William Holland.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - Ann Francis-Coyne.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - An Taisce Galway Planning Committee.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - DAU.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - Galway Cycling Campaign.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - Gluas Committee.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - Hands Accross the Corrib.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - Inland Fisheries Ireland.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - Mary Francis-O'Connghailef.pdf

ABP-308783-20 - Submission - Owen Hanley.pdf


Submissions will be available for public inspection at the Planning Offices of Galway City Council, City Hall, College Road, Galway City, from 11th February 2021, from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday, or to purchase at a cost of €15.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the Council’s offices are accessible by prior appointment only.

Please contact Galway City Council by phone 091-536599 or email at if you have any queries or wish to arrange an appointment.