Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 3 November 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
Revised National Development Plan: Discussion
Ms Anne Graham:
We do not agree with the Senator. We propose a BusConnects for Galway. It requires road space being made available for the bus through the centre of Galway, which is part of the proposals for BusConnects. We successfully operate bus services in Galway. Patronage has been increasing yearly. Galway is the first city to have a full low-emissions bus fleet. All of the buses operated by Bus Éireann are low emissions, which has already reduced carbon emissions by up to 30%. Our ambition is to go further than that. We still see buses as having an important role to play in all our cities, including Galway, but we are prepared to re-examine the strategy, given that we probably have to go further to look at light rail.