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Work to begin on Oranmore train station in October

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Date Published: 27-Jun-2011

The construction of a new train station on the Galway to Dublin route at Oranmore is poised to begin as early as next October, according to Fine Gael Deputy Brian Walsh.

Tender documents are currently being finalised for the development of the station at Garraun in Oranmore, which will be welcomed as a viable alternative for thousands of commuters from the surrounding area.

Galway County Council is in the process of completing designs for an access road and carpark at the facility, which the local authority will operate and maintain following its completion in the first half of next year.

Deputy Walsh said the reopening of a train station in Oranmore would provide a major boost for the locality and would help to alleviate traffic congestion east of Galway City.

“I’m delighted that the development of a train station in Oranmore is being progressed as a priority by the Department of Transport and I look forward to the facility providing an attractive alternative for commuters in the area,” he said.

“It is estimated that up to 65,000 vehicles travel the N6, R339 and the Oranmore Coast Road to Galway city every day, and providing a viable alternative to these motorists will obviously have a positive impact on traffic congestion from this side of the county.”

Deputy Walsh said that the new station would also provide an economic boost for the area by attracting additional visitors to the locality.

“In addition to the established Galway to Dublin route, more than 250,000 passengers travelled between Limerick and Galway since the opening of the Western Rail Corridor last year. Increased connectivity and accessibility will benefit business in Oranmore,” he added.

Read more in today’s Connacht Sentinel

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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