Galway County Transport & Planning Strategy

Galway County Transport & Planning Strategy

The Challenge

SYSTRA was commissioned by Galway County Council in November 2020 to prepare the county’s Transport and Planning Strategy. This document is a strategic transport policy which has been prepared to support the growth ambitions set out within the Galway County Development Plan 2022-2028 and associated Local Area Plans as appropriate.

The commission required gaining an understanding of how Galway’s existing transport infrastructure currently interacts with local communities as well as at a wider regional scale, to allow identification of the key infrastructure upgrades required to support sustainable population and employment growth.


SYSTRA ensured that the Transport and Planning Strategy proposed met the following criteria:

  • Aligning with existing national, regional and local policy requirements;
  • Responding to the aims of the existing Development Plan; and
  • Guiding the preparation of the new Development Plan.

It was deemed key for the Transport Strategy to identify opportunities for increased use of sustainable travel modes, whilst still recognising the role of private car use outside the Galway Metropolitan area. Using the Irish National Transport Authority’s strategic East Regional Model (SATURN), SYSTRA analysed existing data to forecast future changes to travel patterns, enabling key transport corridors carrying significant volumes of traffic to be identified. Following on from this various transport development options covering a range of modes were proposed, to support the council’s spatial strategy of influencing movement from key development sites. These covered safety-led improvements, demand management measures, multi-modal hubs and enhancements to public transport infrastructure.

Throughout the production of the Transport Strategy, SYSTRA held multiple workshops with Galway County Council delivering presentations on assessment findings and developments.

The County Transport and Planning Strategy was submitted to Galway County Council in May 2021. SYSTRA will follow on from this report by preparing Local Town Plans for the key towns of Ballinasloe and Tuam, to tie in with the county’s wider Transport Strategy.

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