City centre streets will lose parking to make space for pedestrians

Galway daily news Advance notice of car park closure in Salthill

A number of city streets will lose some parking and loading bays from next week to provide more space for pedestrians, and one is being entirely pedestrianised.

Starting from next Monday, June 15, the city council’s Mobility Team will be enacting temporary measures to improve pedestrians ability to socially distance on Eglinton Street, Forster Street, Cross Street, and Eyre Square.

Forster Street will be down to a single lane towards Eyre Square for buses and general traffic due to path widening.

Using pencil bollards the city council will be widening the footpath between Jungle Café and the pedestrian cross at Eyre Square, taking up existing loading bays and the bus lane.

On Eglinton Street the footpath across the street from the Post Office will be widened between Williamsgate street and Mary street using loading bays and some of the carriageway.

But Eglinton Street will remain a two way street despite the loss of road space.

Cross Street will be completely pedestrianised, with access controlled through signage and temporary bollards.

The city council is also amending the accepted times for deliveries/loading/unloading in the city centre to 4am-9am.

In order to discourage non-essential traffic from the city centre, the council is also introducing turning restrictions at Courthouse Junction, and the Eyre Square/Bohermore junction.

All of these measures are intended to be temporary, and will be on an ongoing basis in conjunction with the gardaí.

Almost 1,000 people in Galway City have made submissions to the city Mobility Team with their ideas on how transport in the city can be improved post Covid-19.

In an end of week report the Mobility Team said that it has received over 930 public submissions through the online form.

This online portal is now temporarily closing to allow time for the submissions made so far to be assessed and placed on the interactive online map for them.

Once this has been completed, the form will reopen, with the notice that people should first check the map to see if their idea has been submitted already.