A city councillor says debating about whether Galway would benefit from the installation of a light rail system is a “waste of time”.
Galway City East councillor Noel Larkin made the comments on Monday night at City Hall after Independent councillor Colette Connolly questioned if the Ardaun local area plan had taken into account the provision for the possible installation of light rail.
Cllr Larkin said; “Light rail is not viable [in the city]. We have had three reports into light rail. Talking about it is a waste of time.”
Cllr Donal Lyons said that experts had said previously that the idea of a light rail system solving Galway’s traffic problems was “a myth” and it would cost a lot of money to install.
However he did state that there should be an emphasis to alleviate transport around the city and it should be approached in a number of ways.
Cllr Declan McDonnell was in agreement. “We have an infrastructure problem underneath the road which would have to be checked before light rail could be installed and this would cost a lot of money.”