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Campaign for Light Rail for Galway: An Áit Cheart - An tAm Ceart

Campaign for Light Rail for Galway: An Áit Cheart - An tAm Ceart

We are calling on the people of Galway to sign the petition requesting the Minister for Transport to urgently consider the provision of Light Rail for Galway.

Why is this important?

Galway, with a population of 80,000 people, is a beautiful, thriving, bilingual city in the west of Ireland, situated on the Corrib, and the gateway to the biggest Gaeltacht in Ireland.

The people of Galway however face the daily challenge of serious traffic congestion which impacts enormously on their quality of life.

In addition, Galway is projected to increase its population to 124,000 people by 2040 so urgent action must be taken to improve the public transport system in the city.

We also face a real challenge in fulfilling our commitments under climate mitigation legislation which oblige us to take both immediate and long terms steps to reduce our emissions. A light rail system, as part of an integrated public transport system, will go a long way towards achieving these objectives. It will also provide positive opportunities for sustainable urban renewal.

We believe that the provision of a light rail service in Galway has to be an integral and essential part of the solution.

Building on the dedicated work of the Gluas team, the matter was raised in the Dáil in November, 2017 with the Minister for Transport with a view to providing a light rail service in Galway.

The Minister’s response is interesting and is worth a look: https://goo.gl/paGKDT

He issued a challenge to the people of Galway to show that there is a demand for light rail, and if we can show that demand, he is willing to discuss and review the situation.

That challenge has led to this petition campaign which started on the streets of Galway on the 13th of January 2018 and which will continue for 8 weeks, with the specific aim of collecting 30,000 signatures.

If you haven’t signed the petition already on the streets of Galway, please show your support by signing now.

Now is the time to act.


Reasons for signing

  • Traffic congestion in Galway is notorious. The only way to deal with this in the longer term is to reduce the number of cars on the roads. If better transport options are available, people will use them. Light rail and greenways are part of a green vision for the city's future.
  • The only way to solve the traffic issues in an old town like Galway is to get people out of their cars. A fast & reliable rail service is a proven solution in many other similar sized cities around Europe. So long as it services places where the users can access it easily by foot/bicycle/bus it will be used. Any new stadiums/arenas/industrial areas should be planned for an area easily accessed by the current rail line/future light rail line
  • Traffic relief n green interests XXX

Updates

2018-02-05 20:04:10 +0000

100 signatures reached

2018-02-01 11:03:33 +0000

50 signatures reached

2018-01-31 20:44:26 +0000

25 signatures reached

2018-01-31 17:48:02 +0000

10 signatures reached