Fianna Fáil TD for Galway West Éamon Ó Cuív has called for a new pedestrian bridge in Oughterard.

It comes following discussions with Galway County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland about serious safety concerns which have been raised about the bridge in the town.

Deputy Ó Cuív explained, “The bridge over the Owenriff river in Oughterard is extremely narrow and just about fits two cars at a time.  However, every day hundreds of children have to use the bridge to get to school and to the local soccer and rugby clubs.  This is a serious safety hazard and needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“I discussed the possibility of providing a pedestrian bridge across the river so that children and other pedestrians can cross the river safely.

“I also raised the option of constructing a new bridge in the future, which would be able to accommodate the volume of traffic which passes over the river on a daily basis.  The current bridge is extremely dangerous and alternatives must be found.

“I will continue to engage positively with Galway County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland so that an agreement on the best solution can be achieved”.