N6 bypass road is a necessity for Galway City and County

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The N6 bypass road is now a necessity for Galway, not only for people in the city, but to give people in Connemara easier access to the east side of the city and M4 Dublin motorway.

That’s according to the Social Democrats’ Galway West candidate Niall Ó Tuathail, who said that any plans for new roads or bridges must be evidence based and carefully planned.

“As we look to the future of Galway, it is important that we plan carefully,” said the Social Democrat, who was just 2% behind Hildegrade Naughten TD in first preference votes in the last general election.

“If we are building a new road and a new bridge across the Corrib, it needs to be evidence based and we need to be smart about it,” he said.

“It now seems like the N6 bypass/orbital road is now a necessity for Galway, not just for commuters in the city, but also to allow faster access to the east side of the city and M4 Dublin motorway for residents in Connemara.”

Ó Tuathail, who took to social media following today’s committee meeting on Galway’s traffic problems, added that it is important that the bypass is not seen as the be all and end all of solutions to Galway traffic problems. It must instead be ‘part of a cohesive Galway Traffic Plan to reduce cars in the city centre’.

“Any orbital road of Galway must be done alongside developing bus lanes and safe cycling lanes and interconnecting greenways throughout the city, integrating areas from Barna to Moycullen to Oranmore within affordable Galway city bus routes, park and ride facilities at strategic locations around the city, and improving access for Pedestrians,” he said.