The Galway City Christmas Park and Ride service will start up this weekend to help people coming to the city for their holiday shopping and socialising.
Starting from next Saturday, December 10 the Park and Ride shuttle bus will take people from Galway Racecourse to the city centre and back.
Buses will run every 15 minutes to and from town, for €1 per person each way. Children and pensioners travel for free, and all-day parking at the Racecourse is included in the bus fare.
Monday to Saturday the bus service will run from 9:30am to 9:15pm, with buses every 15 minutes both ways.
On Sundays, the service will run every 15 minutes from 11:00am to 7:00pm, and every 30 minutes between 7.00pm and 9.15pm.
Brendan Gallagher, Senior Executive Engineer with Galway City Council, commented, “The Christmas Park and Ride aims to alleviate traffic congestion in Galway City in the run up to the busy Christmas period.”
He said that this will help with, “giving those shopping, eating out, or visiting venues and events, a stress-free, reliable way to get to and from the city.”
“This is the 15th year that Galway City Council will provide the service, and I’d encourage those travelling into Galway along the M6, N6, N17, N18 and Monivea Roads to take the easier alternative to bringing the car into the city centre this December.”
“Thanks to Galway Coach Station, Galway Racecourse and Callinan Coaches for partnering with Galway City Council to deliver the service.”
This year, the Christmas Park and Ride will operate in conjunction with other sustainable transport promotions.
Irish Rail are offering free car parking at Athenry, Oranmore, Craughwell, Ardrahan and Gort, including the current 20% off all fares and €6.00 Day Return fare from Oranmore to Galway. The free parking promotion commenced on December 1.