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Christmas shoppers in Claregalway will be delighted to hear that a park-and-ride service has commenced in Ballybrit, going from the Racecourse to Galway City every 15 minutes.

On November 26, 2009, Mayor of Galway City Cllr. Declan McDonnell launched Galway City Council’s Christmas Park and Ride Campaign encompassing a range of cut price sustainable travel options to Galway City. This years campaign, which seeks to reduce car use and promote sustainable travel in the run up to the busy Christmas period commences on Saturday December 5, 2009 and involves the cooperation and support of a number of key stakeholders including Bus Éireann, Iarnród Éireann, An Garda Siochána, An Taisce Green Schools Travel Programme, Galway Shopping Centre, Galway City Business Association and Galway Chamber.

Park and Ride for €2 & onward to Galway Shopping Centre for Free
Galway City Council will operate its fifth consecutive Park and Ride Service from Galway Racecourse, where car drivers and their passengers can avail of all-day parking and return bus travel to the City Centre for just €2 return. The service began on Saturday December 5 and run until Thursday December 24, 2009.

Buses will provide fifteen-minute frequency commencing 07:00 to 21:30 from Monday to Saturday and on Sundays the service will operate from 11:00 to 19:00. In addition, Galway Transportation Unit is delighted to announce that Galway Shopping Centre has agreed to complement this service with a free looped bus service between Galway Coach Station and Galway Shopping Centre. This bus will run from 11:00 to 19.00 Monday to Sunday, every fifteen minutes.

Commenting on this addition to the overall Christmas Park and Ride Campaign, Mr Joe Tansey, Head of Galway Transportation Unit stated: “Our unit aims to forge innovative linkages with the business sector in Galway to promote more sustainable travel in the City. This new initiative with Galway Shopping Centre stems directly from customer feedback on our Park and Ride Service, which repeatedly sought a link with Galway Shopping Centre. We are delighted that it is part of this years Park and Ride campaign.”During the December campaign, Galway City Council in partnership with the An Taisce Green Schools Programme will also be encouraging pupils, parents and teachers to walk, cycle, park ‘n’ stride, carpool or use public transport on the school run.

Further details on the Christmas Park and Ride Campaign can be obtained by contacting Galway Transportation Unit at: (091) 894328 or by visiting