In Germany where they have a series of traffic lights on a stretch of road, they often are all synchronised to turn green one after the other. In don’t know how they work- sensors? but if they can do it so can we…..

We need buses that run regularly (eg. every 10, 15 mins like bus no. 9) so that they can be relied on. Look at the success of the service to Doughiska.
If they don’t run that regularly, maybe Bus Eireann could be persuaded to do something radical like put up timetables on their bus stops!

In future- stop looking towards England and the States where public transport is pretty bad and look towards countries where it actually works like Scandinavia or actually pretty much anywhere on the continent: Germany, Holland.

Build the Gluas but using ultra light rail (much cheaper than light rail)
Besancon in France built a tramline costing E16m/km instead of the Luas E60m/mile or so.


Quincentennial bridge

Some of the existing Galway road traffic infra-structure is quite good, and should be examined and improved upon before considering a new by-pass. A new by-pass should be a last resort, which may not address the current problems, and possibly even create some new ones. Priority on all the major junctions should be given to the flow from East to West and vice versa (Namely the M6 to the N59).

Most importantly, the roundabout at Terryland shopping centre needs a major overhaul. There is currently too much emphasis on access to shopping and accomodation complexes, prohibiting the flow on and off the bridge, with some badly positioned traffic lights also increasing the chances of collisions. A roundabout with no traffic lights and entrances/exits in 4 directions only should be considered, possibly with additional slip-roads going to the left in each direction that branch off and merge without interruption to flow. Alternative set-ups for access to shopping and accomodation using traffic lights could be considered.

At the other end of the bridge, better access from the N6 to the N59 (Clifden road) should be provided to aid flow out of the city. Not being able to turn right at the traffic lights on the Newcastle road, whilst having some benefits, forces much traffic onto the normally congested roundabout beside the hospital (to which an alternative access point may also be considered). Although work has been completed recently at the Newcastle junction, a roundabout would have been a better option.

Other junctions can then be examined.

For example, the small sandy road joins two different roundabouts, adding an extra unnecessary load to both, not to mention the petrol stations at both ends. This makes the sean mulvoy a near pointless stretch of good two lane road. If the sean mulvoy road was joined by a more freely flowing two lane road to the wellpark and monivea roads (R338 to R339), and then onto the N6, this would provide another passage from the bridge to the Motorway, whilst also by-passing the Tuam and Headford roads.

Improved access from the western distributor to the west of Barna could also be provided, to help the flow westward.


Moneenageisha still needs more than a little fine-tuning

We are told that the junction is performing better than the previous roundabout. I wonder if we are comparing like with like?

I seem to remember three substantial changes since the junction was signalised:

  1. Two lanes on College Road are now allowed to turn right onto the Dublin Road – an unnerving experience when motorists in both lanes wish to exercise this option.
  2. The right-turn-only lane at the bottom of Moneen’ hill for College Road has been changed to a right turn or straight through lane for access to the Dublin Road.
  3. On the Monivea Road a new left turning lane has been built to access the Dublin Road which has improved traffic flow at this part of the junction.

More improvements need to be made at Moneen’:

  1. Remove the Pedestrian Island at the bottom of the hill and replace with a right turn lane for say 5 cars. (Currently there is in effect only one lane going up the hill). Allow Pedestrians here to cross the junction in one go and give them adequate time to do so.
  2. All west bound traffic emanating from the Galway Financial Services Centre should be allowed to turn right across a hatched yellow box while Pedestrians are crossing the junction at the bottom of the hill.

Other comments:

The proper provision of pedestrian crossings with the signalising of the Moneen junction is to be welcomed.

The removal of roundabouts also removes the ability for motorists to turn back or in effect make a U-turn which I am sure is positive for tourists trying to navigate with GPS’s or otherwise.


College Road- Lough Atalia

The junction between Lough Atalia Road and College Road is still a major headsore for traffic, at very busy times the boxed junction gets gridlocked and priority is given to College Road. Why not make both roads one way – Lough Atalia Road for inbound to City traffic and College Road outbound from City. The would allow two lane traffic on both roads which in fact are accommodated at the Monageeshia traffic light and would totally eliminate the huge backlogs on Lough Atalia road.

Cutting (not extending) cross town services!


Currently, about half the buses on these routes go from one end of the city to the other:
1 & 8 – Salthill to Mervue
2e & 2w – Renmore to Knocknacarra
4e & 4w – Newcastle to Merlin Park
5e & 5w – Ballybane to Rahoon.

It doesn’t happen all the time – but it does happen, and means that some people can make cross-city trips without changing buses.

Bus Éireann want to change this, and make all services end in the city centre. And they don’t mention it in the most recent article but earlier ones have mentioned 5% service reductions too.

How can they even consider this, in light of the comments we’re seeing here?


Provide real-time bus timetables and make them widely available (on bus stops, via mobiles and on the Web)

Galway bus services are greatly underutilised and considered unreliable by a lot of people. Waiting times at bus stops can take up to 45 minutes what is unacceptable and a lot of people (including students) decide to commute by cars what generates heavy car traffic in the city. The fact that many bus stops are not sheltered also does not help.

There is a very simple and relatively cheap solution to mitigate this problem. GPS technology is widespread and real-time bus timetables are quite common and economical. There is no rocket science with real-time timetables, it is a matter of buying “off-the-shelf” solution and configuring it for the given city. Companies like for example Siemens  offer solutions to real-time bus/ tram timetable information for more than a decade. Example systems include:  Seasam TRAVELLER (http://www.seasam.com/en/products/seasamtraveller),  Vix (http://www.acis.uk.com)  and many others. Real-time timetables are quite popular in European cities. For example Innsbruck  in Austria has such a system for more than a decade. These systems are also available for a number of bus lines in UK (http://www.dft.gov.uk/itstoolkit/Tools/T20.php).

Real-time timetable information can be continuously available to passengers at bus stops, via website, via mobile devices or by sms. In the case of Galway we are talking about a couple of million Euros project. It does not sound like a lot of money in contrast to very ambitious Galway tram project that was supposed to cost 200Million+.

Smartphones with Internet access are quite common these days. Wouldn’t it be really handy to check when your bus is actually coming when you are still in the building (your home, office, pub, etc.) and leave just in time to catch it? Real-time timetables would provide a real value for money for public transport resulting in less car traffic in the city.


Bus to service all the schools down Threadneedle Road

Like many parents I have to give my children a lift to school from Westside down to Threadneedle Road – the no 5 bus turns around before it gets near Enda’s & Salermo’s and the teachers refusal to consider the weight of childrens bags leaves most of us with no choice but to drive them.  We could have saved 15 million spent on the Seamus Quirke Road as we don’t need a dual carriage way to nowhere, we just need some common sense & a bus service that actually serves the people.  The no 5 going to Salthill to turn around would take 90% of rush hour traffic off that road.  There are 2 large secondary schools & junior school and no bus service from the Westside of town where most of the pupils are from.  It also means that we have no bus to take us to Salthill, it’s a tough walk with small kids who love to go to the sea in the summer.  How this road was approve in  the first place is beyond me – how it was allowed to go another 5 million over budget is outrageous.  Hope this forum helps sort out some of Galway’s problems – most caused by lack of joined up thinking.




1 way

make Lough Atalia as far as traffic lights before bridge one way continue this 1 way up past raddisson and back up College Rd fully 1 way, 2 lines of traffic. Also keep two lanes of traffic right up to lights at Huntsman. Would need filter lane coming down college rd back onto Lough Atalia big enough for trucks/ bus to make turn


Some suggestions for GTF

Suggestions to Galway Traffic Forum

Immediately put in a Stop/Go traffic light management system at The Aldi Junction, and at the two junctions at the Rahoon Road/Circular Road, and Seamus Quirke and the Upper Rahoon Road. These three junctions are highly dangerous, and the provision of a man in a high-viz jacket for a few hours a day is patently not working. Without doubt, there will be a serious accident at one of these junctions. This entire stretch of road is extremely dangerous in its present state, and needs much more comprehensive lighting – both day and night to guide all road users through it while the work continues.

Immediately put lighted bollards at the end/beginning of the cycle lanes on the new Seamus Quirke Road. The cycle lane merges too easily with the present temporary road, and motorists can find themselves mounting the kerb of the continuing cycle lane following a junction. At all times of the day and night lighted bollards should high-light the new road layout. That complete stretch of road is extremely dangerous, and will continue to be for months to come.

Put pedestrian crossing at the junction of Threadneedle Road and the Prom to facilitate safe crossing. NO LIGHTS – JUST A PEDESTRIAN CROSSING.

While waiting for the changes to the existing roundabouts, immediately put down yellow boxes within the other  roundabouts to clearly show where drivers should  not enter if the way ahead is blocked with traffic. Where there are yellow boxes, check that they are visible, and if worn re-do.

Immediately abandon all road-works until after the New Year, to facilitate ease of access for motorists to shop in Galway.

Reduce by 50% to cost of on-street parking from now ‘till mid-January – the Council has got to understand that the city centre is now competing with Athlone, Limerick, and other centres for the Christmas business – if the city loses these shoppers now they will not return.

These are juct a few suggestions that could be completed quickly and inexpensively. I compliment the Mayor for taking the initiative in regard to the chaos that is Galway Traffic – I do hope she will be successful in her endeavours.

Ray O’Connor,

65 Threadneedle Road,