Park and Ride Galway Comes to Town – Seasonal Service Returns November 30
Posted on 09/12/13 at 4:20
With the countdown to Christmas well underway, the now annual Christmas Park and Ride has been launched by the Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Pádraig Conneely . The service, which customer surveys consistently rate as ‘excellent’, kickstarted on Saturday November 30 at 7:00am. Similar to previous years, the service operates from Ballybrit Racecourse shuttling passengers to the Coach Station terminus in Eyre Square every 15 minutes.
The price per car regardless of number of passengers will be an all inclusive €3. This means that the total cost for all day parking (up to 9:30pm weekdays) and return bus travel to the City Centre for say a family of six will be just €3. And, with access to the Dublin Road bus lanes, the Park and Ride service provides a hassle free, fast, friendly and highly attractive travel option for commuters wishing to experience the Continental Christmas Market and all the seasonal delights that Galway City has to offer.
Last year, the service carried just under 23,000 passengers inbound to the City Centre and this year organisers aim to significantly increase on this figure. The service is ideal for people travelling to Galway City along the M6, N6, N17, N18 and the Monivea Road. Members of the public are advised to follow the directional signage in place along these routes to Galway Racecourse, where staff will be on hand to guide passengers towards the high frequency shuttle buses.
At the launch of the service , Mr Jim Molloy (Head, Galway Transportation Unit) stated: “we invite everyone who can, to avail of the Park and Ride. The price of the service remains highly competitive and strong uptake will serve to alleviate traffic congestion in the run up to Christmas.’ He added: ‘Galway Transportation Unit also welcomes the reduced fares on offer from Bus Éireann and Iarnród Éireann. And, in conjunction with An Taisce Green Schools, we wish to reinforce our key message of encouraging where feasible, travel to work and education by bus, bike, park and stride, carpool or on foot.”
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