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Monday, July 24, 2017

Bus and train services for the Galway Races, July / August 2017

The Galway Races Summer Meeting is from Monday 31 July - Sunday 6 August 2017.



This is a summary of the public transport and traffic-management plans.
  • Bus √Čireann special races shuttle buses will run from Eyre Square.  
  • Hotels are coordinating shuttle services from several towns. 
  • There are some changes to regular regional buses during race week and the next week.




Race days and times 

  • Monday 31 July - Opening Day / Gather Your Tribe
    Gates open at 2:30pm, first race at 5:20pm, last race at 8:40pm    
  • Tuesday 1 August -  Sports and Social Day - Colm Quinn BMW Mile Handicap
    Gates open at 2:30pm, first race at 5:20pm, last race at 8:40pm   
  • Wednesday 2 August - Galway Plate Day:
    Gates open at 12:30pm, first race at 3:15pm -  last race at 7:20pm   
  • Thursday 3 August - Ladies Day: 
    Gates open at 11am, first race at  1:40pm -  last race at 6pm   
  • Friday 4 August - Friday's Fair Lady: 
    Gates open at 2:30pm, first race at  5:10pm -  last race at 8:25pm    
  • Saturday 5 August -Super Saturday  / Family day
    Gates open at 12-noon, first race at 2:30pm -  last race at 5:55pm    
  • Sunday 6 August - Mad Hatters Day / Family day -
    Gates open at 11:30am, first race at 2:15pm -  last race at 6pm


Special Shuttle Bus Services to Ballybrit Racecourse


From Eyre Square (Galway city centre) 

Bus √Čireann are running the races-special service between Eyre Square and Galway Racecourse.

Monday 31 July 

  • Shuttle buses will leave Eyre Square every 15 minutes or as required from 2pm until 7pm.
  • The return services will start after the last race and run until 9:30pm.

Tuesday 1 August

  • Shuttle buses will leave Eyre Square  every 15 minutes or as required from 2pm until 7pm.
  • The return services will start after the last race and run until 9:30pm.

Wednesday 2 August

  • Shuttle buses will leave Eyre Square from 11am until 4:45pm, every 15 minutes or as required.
  • The return services will start after the last race and run until 8:30pm.

Thursday 3 August

  • Shuttle buses will leave Eyre Square from 11am until 4:45pm, every 15 minutes or as required.
  • The return services will start after the last race and run until 8:30pm.

Friday 4 August

  • Shuttle buses will leave Eyre Square from 2pm every 15 minutes or as required
  • The return services will start after the last race and run until 9:30pm.

Saturday 5 August 

  • Shuttle buses will leave Eyre Square from 11am until 4:45pm, every 15 minutes or as required.
  • Return services will start after the last race and run until 8:30pm.

Sunday 6 August

  • Shuttle buses are advertised as leaving Eyre Square "as required" from 11am.   However most people catch the regular 403 or 409 bus on Sunday as the special buses are not usually running.
  • Extra buses are usually put on route 409 to meet demand later in the afternoon.

Fares

  • Adult: €6 single and €9 return.
  • Children: €3 single and €5 return.
  • Booking is not required, or possible.  Pay in cash only when you catch the bus.
  • Free Travel Pass and TaxSaver tickets are not accepted on the Galway Races shuttle buses.

Route

Shuttle buses leave from the west side of Eyre Square, outside the Skeffington Arms Hotel (map).   Drop off is through the tunnel entrance, within 50 yards of the course-entry.

These shuttle buses do not pick-up or drop-off along the way.   See "Regular Galway city services to Ballybrit" below for information about services which do.


From Oranmore  

No services running from Oranmore this year.   Instead, use the train to Galway city, and the regular bus options from there.


From Athenry

Buslink services will run from the Arch and the Raheen Woods hotel:
  • Monday:   3:30pm and 4:30pm
  • Tuesday:   3:30pm and 4:30pm
  • Wednesday:   1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, 3pm
  • Thursday:  12-noon, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2pm
  • Friday:  4 and 5pm


Return buses after the last race each day.

Fares  €9 single and €12 return

From Claregalway

The Claregalway Hotel have a RaceLink bus, running every hour during the day, and returning to the hotel after the races.   Bookings recommended.

Or, see the Claregalway Neighbourhood Map  for information about regular public transport services from to and from Galway City.



From Loughrea

Lough Rea Hotel are offering a bus meal package on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday only.   Bus leaves the hotel 1.6 hours before the first race, and the return bus leaves 20 minutes after the last race.  This is open to members of the public as well as hotel guests, but must be booked in advance - tickets are non-refundable and non-transferrable.



From Roscommon

Bus4U will run one dedicated races bus from Roscommon each day, picking up in Athleague, Mt Talbot, Ballygar, Newbridge, Mountbellew, Newbridge, Abbeyknockmoy, Turloughmore and Lackagh, leaving at:
  • Monday:   2:35pm
  • Tuesday:   2:35pm
  • Wednesday:   11:55am
  • Thursday:  10:45am
  • Friday:  2:30pm
  • Saturday:  12:05pm
  • Sunday:   11:35pm

From other towns  

Some hotels in County Galway and beyond offer packages including races tickets and access to a shuttle-bus - contact them directly for more information.

Apart from that, there are not usually special services from other Irish cities.   Instead, use the use national and regional services to get to Galway:   these stop very close to where the races shuttle buses leave from.



Regular Galway city services to Ballybrit

The Avenue (back) entrance to the racecourse (number (5) on the Parkmore area map) is served by these buses, which pick up from all stops along their route:
  • Route 403 - from Eyre Square, travesl along College Rd, through Wellpark, Mervue, Castlepark and Ballybrit, then on to Parkmore
  • Route 409 - from Eyre Square, travels along the College and Dublin and Doughiska Roads.

These routes will end at the Briarhill Shopping Centre Junction (previously the Lynch Roundabout) between
  • 3pm to 5pm on Monday and Tuesday
  • 12:30pm to 4 pm on Wednesday
  • 11.30am to 3:30pm on Thursday
  • 4pm to 6pm on Friday.
The last bus-stop during these times is at the top of Doughiska Rd (route 409)  or Clayton Hotel (route 403) - see the Doughiska neighbourhood map for locations.

Passengers going to/from the racecourse, Parkmore West Industrial Estate, Parkmore East Business and Technology Park, Galway Technology Park, Racecourse Business Park or Briarhill Business Park  will need to walk for approx 15-20 minutes from this last stop.

Also routes 403 and 409 will not use the stops nearest to the Avenue entrance after the race meeting ends each day.   Instead, passengers will get off / on the bus at the Parkmore roundabout stop (200 m north of the Avenue).   Affected times:

  • Monday 8:30pm - 10:30pm 
  • Tuesday 8:30pm - 10:30pm 
  • Wednesday 7-9pm
  • Thursday 7-10pm
  • Friday 8-10pm
  • Saturday 5:30 - 7pm


Note:  These times are based on the overall road closure times in the area, and may be extended if there are traffic management problems in the area.

The usual city bus fares apply, and Travel Pass and TaxSaver tickets can be used.


Changes to regional bus services     

BusLink
  • The 5:10pm Galway to Athenry service will not run from Mon-Sat.


Burkes Buses have cancelled these services for Race Week and the following week, ie Monday 31 July - Friday 11 August inclusive:     
  • 7am from Dunmore to Galway 
  • 7:20am from Tuam to Galway
  • 8:30am from Tuam to Galway
  • 4:40pm from Galway to Tuam. 
  • 5:10pm will operate from Galway to Tuam only, not to Dunmore
  • 4pm from Galway to Headford
  • 4:45pm from Headford to Galway

Bus √Čireann have advertised these changes for Wed and Thurs:
  • 4:25pm Galway to Longford route 425 (via Mountbellew) will not leave until 5:15pm.
  • 5:45pm Galway to Castlerea route 429 (via Tuam) will not leave  until 6pm


All other Galway regional bus services are expected to operate normally during Race Week - though may suffer some delays due to traffic volumes.


Trains  

Will be added as soon as the information is available - see last year's announcement for an idea of the likely arrangements.


Traffic Management Plan for the Galway Races 2017

The full traffic-management plan for 2017 is available for download from Galway Races website (MS Word format).

In summary:
  • Traffic from the south and east (M6 / N6 or Oranmore south) can travel via Carnmore Cross and use the Blue Route - Avenue entrance - garda will control crossing right turn at Briarhill junction.
    There is no access to the Avenue entrance from the N6 Eastbound (Dublin road) during the road closed times (listed above, under city bus changes).
  • Traffic from the south and east (M6 / N6 or Oranmore and south) can travel via the old N6 and Galway clinic to use the Red route Tunnel entrance.
    After the Briarhill junction, races traffic use the right lane, and city traffic use the left lane.
  • Traffic from the north (Tuam) can use the Green route - Hill / Tuam Rd entrance - or turn left at the Parkmore Rd and use the Avenue entrance. 
  • Traffic from the city and west can use either the red entrance (via Bothar na dTtreabh), or the green or blue entrance (via Tuam Rd).
  • Taxis have a special lane through the Green entrance 

A map of routes and entrances is available here.


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