Galway City traffic down by 50% compared with last year

Galway Daily transport Galway City traffic down by 50% compared with last year

Traffic in Galway City under the current restrictions is down to almost half the level it was at this time last year.

Data from Transport Infrastructure Ireland that car numbers on the N6 Bothar na dTreabh, one of the busiest routes in Galway City, was 48% lower Monday morning compared with the same day last year.

Between 7am and 10am on Monday, January 18 there were 2,445 cars recorded on Bothar na dTreabh by TII.

This is also 3 percent fewer than the same day last week, and a reduction of one third on the traffic levels seen before the introduction of Level 3 restrictions last October.

Ireland is currently under Level 5 restrictions for dealing with COVID-19, under which people are not allowed to travel further than 5km from their homes except for specified reasons such as work, medical appointments, or essential family business.

The current restrictions also entail the closure of the vast majority of retail and many services, which would affect traffic in and out of the city.

TII has been monitoring traffic levels on ten major routes around the country since the early days of the the coronavirus pandemic.

Bothar na dTreabh had the biggest weekly decline of 3 percent, matched with the N16 east of Manorhamilton, while many other major routes saw traffic increase in the past week.

The largest year on year drop compared with January 2020 is on the M9 motorway between Mullinavat and Waterford, where car numbers are down 59%.