At the moment, buses coming in from Oranmore along the coast road have to stop at the traffic lights, where that road joins the Dublin road. If the old section of road, which has been grassed over, could be resurfaced as a bus lane, the buses could proceed onto the new bus lane without delay.
when i was in Australia, their hours were all different and it was great, schools opened at 7 and 8, and shops were 9 / 10 and offices were from 6 in the morning, so maybe working it out that they all stagger there times so that everyone isnt starting at 9 in the morning til 5 and 6.
Also if the city had a monorail like Aussie, its an air rail system, and it could go round to the outskirts of the city and finish in eyre square or somethin.
Or maybe a flyover for the city going south east to west.
A country bus going from gort to doughiska and parkmore as loads of people from gort and towns in along work in parkmore, think there is a big opening there….
cheaper petrol at stations for people to car pool, as the one at bohermore is ridiculous at 1.59.9 a litre, dearest in galway. there is one in centra ballindine for 1.49.9, pity thats so far away. so it can be done, the shops are just being ridiculous.
Better rail prices from gort to galway city as i heard its very dear and slow… that needs to improve.
The Salmon weir bridge is a dangerous bottleneck for pedestrians and motorists alike.
Building a pedestrian walkway similar to the one on the Wolf Tone bridge would in my opinion be a huge help for everyone using the bridge.
I am aware that there may be planning issues as it is an old structure but this should not be a problem as there is already a water main and metal cages on the downstream side. If anything a well designed walkway on this side would improve the look of the bridge and provide a cost effective solution.
Something really needs to be done about the traffic issues surrounding the new Fairgreen Coach Station.
The drop-off area comprises space for 2 vehicles. At normal coach arrival times there are generally 10-15 taxis and 5-6 other vehicles in or around the drop-off areas. These vehicles park on both sides of the road and generally block up the entire of the Fairgreen Road.
The coach station is an example of outrageous planning decisions. How the station got planning permission without a proper drop-off area to include a proper taxi rank is beyond belief.
Any solution needs to be park of an integrated solution to include the traffic issues with the “old” train/ bus station. It is difficult to believe that in 2012 it is possible for individuals to drive into the train/ bus station and park for lengthy periods. It is equally beyond belief that taxis are permitted to enter the train/ bus station and stop wherever they like and wait for fares. Surely in 2012 the bus/ train station should be restricted to buses, and taxis should be forced to stop on designated taxi ranks.
The issues highlighted above portray a poor image of Galway to arriving visitors. In addition, the issues contribute greatly to the general block up in or around the city centre.
For the life of me I cant understand why there isnt a yellow junction box at the entrance to the Huntsman Inn across from the G Hotel, as I often see people speeding thru the huntsman car park trying to beat the lights. An accident waiting to happen. This box (the width of the entrance and exit of the huntsman at that location means traffic leaving the huntsman can cross to the dublin road or join traffic on dublin road, and also stops the huntsman being a rat run….
How long more will it take for the authorities (County Council, NRA, Galway Corporation or whoever) to change the speed limit on Bothar na dTreabh (N6) from 50 to 80 KPH?
It should only require nano-seconds to work out that a 50 KPH speed limit on this stretch of road (highway?) is inappropriate.
How much time do our public servants and politicians need to come to the blindingly obvious conclusion, that the low speed limit on this road is too low. At this stage they must have had at least 20 years to work this out.
Every organization that I have spoken to about this, have passed the buck and pointed to somebody else as being responsible for setting these speed limits. This is irresponsible behaviour.
This part of the N6 road is 1.93 km in length, it has 4 lanes, a bicycle lane on each side of the road and a pedestrian footpath on each side of the road.
There are no private houses or business premises on this road and there are no side roads except for the entrance to the Glenburren estate, that is near the Font Roundabout end of this stretch of the N6.
When the road-signs were changed from miles to kilometres a few years ago, this was an ideal opportunity to put in intelligent speed limits in some of these roads.
Another example of a stupid speed limit is the R339 Ballybrit to Galway airport road. This has a speed limit of 60 KPH but the tiny side-roads directly off the R339 have speed limits of 80 KPH. Who decided put up signs like these all over the country – at the expense of the taxpayer?
Recently the 50 KPH speed limit was extended on the Tuam Road (N17) from Castlegar to the entrance to the Roadstone quarry. What was the purpose of this change? Traffic going towards Galway is at a standstill every morning rush hour so it does not affect this traffic at this time. However at other times when traffic is lighter and can move freely, it is a nonsensical speed limit. Why is a speed limit of 50 KPH needed here but the rest of the N17 to Tuam (except through Claregalway, etc) is 100 KPH. There is no difference between the number of private house/business entrances along this stretch of road, compared to the rest of the N17.
I’m a resident of Ballybrit who has suffer traffic congestion on a daily basis as it takes me 40-50 mins to drop my children to a creche in Doughiska and drive to work in Mervue. I start my journey at 8.30 and get to work at 9.20 – I would be quicker coming in from Athenry!
Here are my recommendations wrt Traffic Lights at Briarhill and traffic lanes in Doughiska.
1. I noticed the other day when I drove down to the lights that the middle lane of traffic has approx 3-5 seconds of Green light where approx 3-4 cars get to move. In my case, I wanted to get into the left lane but I couldn’t as the lane is too short and the traffic in front of me could not move as they only had a few seconds of green light. BTW – whilst we watched 30-40 cars pass from the Dublin road side. This had a knock on affect to the Doughiska traffic which could not move as they couldn’t get out onto the ballybrit road the traffic was hardly moving. At off peak times, the ballybrit road traffic gets more time on the green lights so this junction works effectively during this time but not a peak time.
I’m hoping these lights are still being tweaked for most effectiveness from all directions.
2. At end of Doughiska road behind Dunnes, add extra lane for traffic to turn left as traffic just drives through local shop car park which I’m sure is not doing that business any favours.
3. Add left lane at Doughiska junction to ballybrit road as it’s wide enough and will improve Doughiska traffic movement.
Unfortunately the new Briarhill Traffic lights junction has dis-improved traffic congestion for me which I thought couldn’t get any worse.
If I want to buy something in Woodies, then Tesco, I have to drive round Galway’s worst junction (the Bodkin roundabout) because if I don’t, I risk getting clamped.
At the moment, if you’re attempting to head out of town on the Headford Rd across the Bodkin roundabout, it is very difficult to enter the roundabout. As soon as the lights go red on the Sean Mulvoy Road entrance, traffic from Tesco pours onto the roundabout. If traffic lights are added to both the Tesco entrance and the Headford Rd entrance then the sequences can be properly synchronised.
One of the frustrating things about Galway’s traffic is its sheer unpredictability. You can use a stretch of road one day and it’s clear, and at the same time the following day it’s completely backed up. If road users could check online before their journey they may be able to plan their route better.