Galway West Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has expressed grave concern for the future of road and rail services in the West.


Following the decision by the Minister of Transport Leo Varadkar to stop funding for Galway Airport next year, there are also strong indications that no road projects will proceed in the West next year and that local bus and rail services will also be cut.


Deputy Ó Cuív said: “The Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has made it clear in recent interviews that there will be no new road projects next year. This has cast serious doubt over important projects like the N17/18 road, the Galway City Outer Bypass and the N59 and R334 roads.


“On top of this, the Minister has also let it slip in recent interviews that he intends to inflict substantial cuts to local bus and train services in Galway and around the country.


“Following the recent announcement attacking funding for regional Airports, the Minister’s Dublin-centric approach is clear, and his comments on plans to slash bus and rail services around the country will leave a lot of isolated communities in the West feeling vulnerable.


“Such drastic cuts could have dangerous consequences for our communities and for the local economy. An issue as basic as accessibility is fundamental to the continued economic recovery of this region.”