Thursday, 8 July 2021
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
160. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if funding will be provided for a feasibility study of light rail in Galway city; if the provision of light rail in Galway was made an objective of the Galway City Development Plan; and if a route is reserved for a rapid transit service in the city. [36878/21]
As I previously informed the Deputy, the issue of light rail in Galway city was comprehensively examined as part of the development of the Galway Transport Strategy. The Strategy concluded that a bus based public transport system, supported by various active travel and public realm improvements, represents the most appropriate system for Galway over the period considered by the Strategy.
I am eager to see progress on the delivery of the Galway Transport Strategyand welcome the non-statutory consultations held last year on two of the key Galway BusConnects corridors. I look forward to the delivery of much improved active travel infrastructure in the next few years as well as improvements to the commuter rail network, such as the proposals in relation to Ceannt Station, Oranmore Station and indeed the Athenry to Galway rail corridor generally.
The move toward evidence based, plan-led transport planning for our major cities allows for consideration of all relevant issues and the potential role all modes of transport can play in addressing those issues. I would also note that providing this type of long-term investment framework represents international best practice in the area of transport planning.
Given the time that has elapsed since publication of the Galway Transport Strategy there is a need to review it and take stock of developments since its publication. This review will commence next year and will allow for consideration, again, of the issue of light rail but importantly that consideration will take place within the overall framework of the strategy itself. In the meantime I look forward to the Deputy’s support as we seek to implement improvements to Galway’s active travel, bus and rail infrastructure.