Galway City and County Councils have said that they remain committed to the deliver of the N6 Galway City Ring Road.
The High Court made final orders this week quashing An Bord Pleanála’s approval of the Ring Road, which was first granted in December of 2021.
The planning application for the bypass is now being resubmitted to the Bord for reconsideration.
In a joint statement from the two Galway councils, they said that they anticipate requests for further information from An Bord Pleanála, which they will respond to as “thoroughly and quickly” as possible.
“Galway County Council, Galway City Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland remain committed to the delivery of the N6 Galway City Ring Road,” the statement said.”
“In December 2021, An Bord Pleanála made an order approving the N6 Galway City Ring Road. This decision was welcomed by Galway County Council, Galway City Council, and TII.”
“Galway City and its environs have critical transport issues that require urgent resolution, and the N6 GCRR is a vital component of the Galway Transport Strategy (GTS).”
The root of the issue that led the High Court to quashing An Bord Pleanála’s approval is the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021.
This came into effect shortly before the Bord made its decision, but was not taken into consideration while doing so.
A new Climate Action Plan 2023 (CAP23) has since been published, with the Annex of Actions due for publication in the coming weeks.
Galway City and County Councils are reviewing this plan together with TII, to ensure that the N6 Ring Road scheme will be compliant with it.
“Galway County Council and Galway City Council welcome the opportunity to engage with An Bord Pleanála further on this project and remain committed to the delivery of the Galway Transport Strategy, and the N6 GCRR.”