by Sharon Dolan D’Arcy
Travel restrictions for Galway have been issued ahead of an historic visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Thursday.
William and Catherine are scheduled to visit Galway this Thursday. While no precise details of places they will visit in the city centre have been officially announced, traffic restrictions have been put in place by An Garda Síochána.
No premises have been closed and the city centre remains open for business. Signage has been positioned strategically around Galway informing motorists of any restrictions and drivers are asked to take note on the messages displayed. An Garda Síochána have said they will “make every effort to minimise any disruption caused”.
The royal couple are due to arrive in Dublin later this morning for their first official visit to the Republic of Ireland. There they will stop at Áras an Uachtarain, The Garden of Remembrance, Government Buildings and the Guinness Store House.
During the visit of the Duke and Duchess, there will be rolling road closures as the couple travel between each location and it is envisaged that there will be some traffic disruption.
The following restrictions will apply in Galway:
From 4am – 1pm. No vehicles will be permitted access to William Street, Shop Street, Abbeygate Street, High Street and Mainguard Street.
From 9am – 1pm. No vehicles will be permitted access to Flood Street, Cross Street, Middle Street and St. Augustine Street. Parking at this location will also be restricted.
From 9am – 1pm. No vehicles will be permitted access to Bridge Street and Lombard Street however school traffic accessing St. Patricks School will be accommodated. Parking at this location will also be restricted.
From 9am – 1pm. Pedestrian Access to Shop Street, High Street and Mainguard Street will be restricted, pedestrian diversions will be in place. Members of the public wishing to access these streets during the above times will be subject to screening by Gardaí on duty.
Dr. Mannix Road, Salthill
From 9am – 2pm. Traffic restrictions will be in place on Dr. Mannix Road. Members of the public wishing to access Dr. Mannix Road during the times indicated will be subject to screening by Gardaí on duty.
(All times approximate.)