Galway City Council has confirmed that it has applied for funding for segregated cycle lanes on the Western Distributor Road in Galway’s eastern suburbs, but it said that the timeline for construction of such would depend on funding being approved and other issues such as planning.
As IrishCycle.com reported on Tuesday, Cllr Alan Curran (Social Democrats) said he enthusiastically welcomes provision in Galway City Council’s 2024 budget to include the construction of segregated cycle lanes on the Western Distributor Road from the Cappagh Road to the Deane Roundabout.
It is hoped that such a route would make the Galway Cycle Bus, which helps children get to school safely, obsolete by allowing children to safely cycle to school using the new infrastructure.
A spokesperson for Galway City Council said: “Galway City Council Active Travel has applied for funding from the National Transport Authority to progress improved, segregated cycle facilities along the Western Distributor Road.”
“This will entail the construction of raised adjacent cycle lanes on the Western Distributor Road from Cappagh Road to Ballymoneen Road, as well an upgrade of the existing mandatory cycle lane from Ballymoneen Road to the Deane Roundabout to a raised cycle lane,” said the spokesperson.
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The spokesperson for the council added: “Design works for this scheme will commence in Q1 2024, and the outcome of this process will determine the future timeline of this project, which remains subject to planning, funding and other constraints.”