Park and Ride Service for the Volvo Ocean Race

 Park and Ride Begins Saturday

Galway City Council’s Park and Ride Service for the Volvo Ocean Race begins this Saturday June 30 and will operate every day during the festival up to Sunday July 8.

Aimed at alleviating traffic congestion during the festival, a fleet of buses will be on hand at Ballybrit Racecourse to ferry passengers to the City Centre every five minutes. Passengers are advised to follow the on road directional signage, which will be clearly visible on the M6, N6, N17, N18 and Monivea Road to Ballybrit Racecourse, where dedicated staff will direct vehicles and assist passengers to embark the waiting buses. The City Centre drop off and pick up point is located at Bóthar Páirc an Aonaigh, adjacent to Ceannt Station, which is just a short 2 minute walk from Eyre Square and the Docks.

All Inclusive Price

With the service priced at €5 per adult return and no charge to children (under 16 years) and Old Age Pensioners, a family of 2 adults and 4 children can park all day at Ballybrit Racecourse and avail of return bus travel to the City Centre for an all-in price of €10. Similarly, if two Senior Citizens decided to bring two of their grandchildren to the festival, this family unit could park all day at Ballybrit Racecourse from 9:00am to 11:30pm and travel to and from the City Centre free of charge. Speaking about the fares for the service, Joe Tansey, Head, Galway Transportation Unit stated: “we are conscious of the need to provide a value for money service whilst at the same time recouping costs arising from the provision of such a high frequency service. With this in mind, children under 16 years and Senior Citizens can avail of the service free of charge, and adults will be charged €5 for all day parking and return bus journeys, which compares favourably with City Centre parking where hourly rates apply.

Take the Bus, Train, Bike or Walk to the Festival Events

Joe Tansey also reiterated the Galway Transportation Unit call for members of the public to use sustainable travel options such as rail, bus, cycling and walking where possible en route to Volvo Ocean Race events: “with one of the biggest events ever to hit Galway City beginning this weekend, we are strongly advising people to look at the sustainable travel options incorporating discounted fares of getting to festival events.”

For further information contact

Cathy Joyce

Galway Transportation Unit

Galway City Council

Tel: (091) 894332



Posted on June 25, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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