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Rethink the Galway City Transport Project

This petition had 3,868 supporters

Five of the six routes proposed for the new N6 Galway City Transport Project impact the NUI Galway campus. Two routes in particular, the Red and the Blue (on the West of the River Corrib), would negatively impact the quality of life and experience for our students and staff – a community of 20,000 people in the heart of Galway. Either of these routes, if selected as the preferred route, would undo decades of planning, and would hinder our vision for growth.

We call on the NRA, ARUP, NRDO, Galway County Council, and Galway City Council to see reason and send these route options back to the drawing board.

Join the following groups in our petition to Rethink the N6 GCTP:

NUI Galway Clubs, including... Camogie – Gaelic Football (Men's and Women's) – Hockey – Hurling – Rugby (Men's and Women's) – Soccer (Men's and Women's) – Swimming and Water Polo – NUI Galway Societies, including... An Mheitheal Rothar – The Bike Gang – Biomed Soc – Botany Soc – Cancer Society – Choice Soc – Computer Society – Cumann de Barra – FanSci Soc – Feminist Society – Photography Society – ShoutOut Society – Voluntary Services Abroad Society – NUI Galway Sports Unit – NUI Galway Societies Office – Green Campus Team –  Kingfisher Club – NUI Galway Students' Union

Top 5 Reasons to Rethink the N6 Galway City Transport Project

It is bad for our students

Our campus is a place where 17,000 students study, live and play. Some of our most important student amenities could be demolished as part of five of the six proposed routes. Our Sports Centre and swimming pool, Sports Pavilion, Regional Sports Centre, playing fields, running track and student accommodation are all under threat. These facilities are used by 8,500 students each year, on their own or through the 50 sports clubs and 110 societies on campus. They are a vital part of the overall NUI Galway student experience, and essential for attracting and retaining our students.

It is bad for our environment

NUI Galway is Ireland's most bio-diverse campus. In one 24-hour period last year, we recorded over 580 different species of plants and animals on campus - including rarer species like native orchids, emperor moths, and critically endangered eels. This rich environment is not just a source of pride and beauty - it is a public amenity, and a critically important research site for students and staff of Zoology, Geography, and Botany and Plant Science.

It threatens our vision for growth

NUI Galway is one of Ireland's fastest-growing campuses. Since the 1970s we have been evolving a masterplan for our campus, balancing the addition of new teaching spaces, research facilities and student amenities, with the careful landscaping of our 105-hectare campus. The north campus in particular has grown significantly over the past decade, and our new research buildings are home to some of the most state-of-the-art laboratories in Europe. The proposed routes will irreversibly disrupt our planned growth, impacting on our ability to provide new buildings and unified services to advance our growing reputation for excellence in teaching and research.

It damages the local economy

With a population of over 17,000 students, the University community is one of the largest sources of income for the city. We estimate that each student that comes to Galway to study spends approximately €190 in the local economy each week on average.  Part of our vision for 2020 includes the addition of new student residences, with the capacity for 900 extra students living on campus. The proposed routes threaten our space for growth and could negatively impact our staff's and students' contribution to the local economy – a contribution that keeps local businesses active throughout the academic year.

It holds us back from competing against the best universities in the world

NUI Galway is a University with ambition. We want to compete with the best in the world, and our recent rises in world university rankings shows that our reputation is growing globally. Our campus will continue to be one of the most significant enablers of our success in the future. Whether it's our space for expansion, our attractiveness for new staff and students, or our ability to provide a high quality and well-rounded student experience, our campus gives us a competitive edge over others. This will help NUI Galway – and Galway city – thrive into the future.


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