Fwd: Galway, Ireland - "Connacht Tribune": expert says LRT solution to traffic woes
From: Greg Sutherland

An expert says light rail -- similar to Dublin Luas -- is the solution
to traffic woes in the Irish city of GALWAY, the "connacht tribune dot
ie" site reports. Galway is 115 miles west of Dublin. Galway is the
fourth largest urban area in the Irish Republic:



Traffic expert says light rail system is the solution to Galway’s woes

By Francis Farragher

March 17, 2017

The man with his finger on the pulse of urban traffic woes across the
country, has this week called on all stakeholders to urgently re-examine
the case for a light rail system in Galway city.

Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs with the Automobile
Association (AA) told the Galway City Tribune that investment in light
rail was one that had delivered a huge dividend in Dublin and in many
other cities across the UK and Europe.

“The traffic congestion problems in a modestly city like Galway are
embarrassingly bad – they really are disproportionate to its size. Light
rail lines from Oranmore to Furbo and on the Tuam Road would deliver a
huge return,” said Conor Faughnan.

This week, Galway An Taisce Chair, Derrick Hambleton, pointed out that
with 6,000 people working in Parkmore alone, there was clearly a need
for ‘a better and more efficient public transport system’.

“I, and many other people I know, believe it is time to look again at
Galway building its own GLUAS type light rail transit system.

“One light rail line could be built from the Council owned old airport
site with a second one coming in from the west of the city at Cappagh or

“There are many hundreds of examples of light rail in use worldwide.
There are nearly 30 cities and towns in Europe with populations similar
to Galway’s, that have invested in light rail,” said Derrick Hambleton.

Professor Lewis Lesley, Technical Director of Trampower UK – a private
company that designs and develops light rail systems – warned earlier
this month that the present level of congestion in Galway city was not
going to improve.

He said that with Galway’s designation as European City of Culture by
2020, an extra million people – on top of the existing annual visitor
numbers of 1.3 million – would be coming west.

“Getting visitors in an out of the city could be a nightmare. The
present level of congestion will not improve without an alternative that
visitors find acceptable.

“GLUAS can be built with a minimum of disruption from the experience I
gained with AMEC (a UK rail construction company), building the
Manchester Metrolink,” said Prof. Lesley.