Traffic in Galway city returning to pre-COVID levels

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Travel patterns are slowly returning to levels seen before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Galway City Mobility Dashboard has shown.

Comparison of traffic movements on the N6 Bothar na dTreabh reveals that daily traffic movements are increasing to pre-pandemic levels as society reopens, with daily totals approaching 23,000 vehicles.

This compares to daily totals of just over 11,000 vehicles for the same period last year when harsher restrictions were in place, and up to 25,000 vehicles per day before COVID.

The website shows trends in travel patterns in Galway city as well as real-time journey times and the number of cars moving through the city on a given day.

Commenting on the dashboard, Susan Loughnane, Senior Executive Engineer with Galway City Council, said that it shows data from a number of sources including the annual Galway City traffic surveys; Census commuting data; travel time data; and permanent traffic counters.

“Data from a number of traffic sensors across the city will be added in the coming months,” said Susan Loughnane.

“The dashboard is currently at a ‘beta’ stage, meaning that it is undergoing testing as new data sources and tools are added. Feedback on the dashboard is welcome through”

The Dashboard, which is funded through the National Transport Authority Stimulus grants 2020 and developed by Idaso Ltd, can be accessed at