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Thursday 25 May 2017

City puts its best foot forward for pedestrian progress

Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

GALWAY city should position itself as the most pedestrianised urban centre in the country, an infrastructure conference has been told.

Galway 2040 Symposium on Infrastructure and Environment at NUI Galway heard that 68pc of Galway commuters travel to work by car, compared with just 55pc in Dublin.

Prof Kevin Leyden from NUI Galway said the goal should be to have 85pc of all trips on foot, cycle or public transport by 2040. "One goal for 2040 could be let's make Galway city the most walkable city in Ireland."

Galway City Manager Brendan McGrath told the conference that new modes of transport, including a light rail system, had to be considered.

Irish Independent

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