The Better Transport for Galway evolved from an initiative by Cllr. Hildegarde Naughton, Mayor of Galway 2011-12 (now Fine Gael Senator). She convened a small group in autumn 2011 to engage with the general public and all key stakeholders with the objective of generating ideas that to help address aspects of the immediate traffic problems in Galway City. Phase I of this work was carried out through summer 2012 and Phase II was initiated in autumn 2012.
As part of Phase II and following extensive consultation with the public, the group published a report in October 2013. A copy of this report is available to download here. In this group, the focus has been on a survey of the recent transport developments in the city including the Seamus Quirke Rd. refurbishment and the roundabout removal. The key finding is that only a quarter of respondents felt that the changes introduced over the past few years had actually improved their travel times. This is a particular concern given the level of investment in transport infrastructure in that period.