€9.28 Million Urban Regeneration Development Fund Announcement for GCC
Tue, 16 Mar 2021 18:49:00 GMT
€9.28 Million Urban Regeneration Development Fund Announcement for Galway County Council with additional €3 Million match funding from Department of Transport.
There are three main elements to the funding announced which is centred around the existing train station at Oranmore. Primarily the focus has been on approximately 60 hectares of land around Oranmore Train Station which are the subject of a comprehensive Urban Framework Plan (UFP). However, the benefits of the proposal as outlined would reach far beyond the UFP area.
- Railway Infrastructure Upgrades to include a 1KM passing railway loop at the existing Oranmore Train Station; including additional platform and associated infrastructure
- Design of the local centre and lands south of the train station to include a detailed design of the local centre, associated car park (existing), (architectural/structural engineering detail) and landscaping plan (for public use)
- A study on the Design Development of Typologies to implement the Urban Framework Plan
Critical to the success of the Urban Framework Plan will be a high-quality rail service that is both dependable and frequent which reduces reliance on the private car. The existing single-track rail line between Galway and Athenry is over 20km long, and the single-track nature of the rail line limits the maximum frequency of trains to 3 trains per hour (every 20 minutes). A passing rail loop at Oranmore Station would improve this frequency to 15 minute intervals (4 trains per hour) at peak times. Subject to fleet availability, this would increase to 12 minute intervals (5 trains per hour) at peak times, which amounts to a 40% increase in rail capacity and an upgrade in the frequency of services to an almost “turn-up and go” railway service for commuters and other users.
The URDF funding application was submitted in May 2020 by Galway County Council in collaboration with Iarnród Éireann and we look forward to working with them to deliver this sustainable project.