Ceannt Station to be focal
point of new Eyre Square
Irish Independent -
Tuesday 18th April 2006
CIE is drawing up a multi-million euro blueprint for the
development of a 14-acre site at Eyre Square in Galway, with
a remodelled Ceannt Station at its heart.
The site includes the existing train and bus station, the
railyard and bus depot.
Services at Ceannt Station are set to expand dramatically
in the coming years.
Frequency on the existing Galway-Dublin line will expand
to hourly at peak and two-hourly off-peak by 2008, operated
by a new fleet of Intercity railcars.
The reopening of the western rail corridor from Ennis to
Athenry, and the establishment of commuter services from
Tuam and Oranmore necessitate a new expanded public
This is being designed to cater for the growth in rail
travel and to provide improved interchange for expanded Bus
Dr John Lynch, CIE chairman, said the masterplan would
generate a new vision for Ceannt Station. The redevelopment
will take place on a phased basis to ensure bus and rail
services are not interrupted.
It will be a major mixed-use development, covering
retail, residential and commercial purposes. A team of urban
designers, architects, landscape architects, transport
planners, consulting engineers and land-use consultants have
been appointed by CIE to prepare the Urban Design
Masterplan. This team will be led by architects Murray
The company is to issue notices later this week for any
interested parties or individuals to make suggestions or
forward ideas to ensure that the people and businesses of
Galway can contribute to the development.
The company is targeting 2007 to move to the planning