The redevelopment is funded by the Department of Housing’s Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) and the National Transport Authority

It will ensure Ceannt Station – perhaps the best located railway and bus station in Ireland’s major cities – becomes an expanded and integrated transport hub in the heart of Galway.

Iarnród Éireann has announced it has awarded a contract for the major redevelopment of Galway’s Ceannt Station to BAM Ireland 1
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The project will support the sustainable growth and development envisaged for the city under Project Ireland 2040. 

It also supports Galway City Council’s strategic development goal of creating a public transport hub for the city at Ceannt station, as part of the Galway Transport Strategy. 

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The redeveloped station will support:

  • Galway’s environment and economy, supporting modal shift to sustainable public and active travel modes; reduced emissions; improved city retail facilities 
  • Integration of improved rail and bus facilities with compact land use development, in particular the proposed Augustine Hill development directly south of the station
  • Improved accessibility and social inclusion, with mobility-impaired customers prioritised including a Changing Places facility; and supporting access to employment and public services for those without access to a private car
  • A safer travel environment, including improved circulation within the station, and reduced pressure and congestion on footpaths on Station Road
  • Potential for significant additional frequency and capacity on rail services, so more people can travel by rail to and from Galway City

As a gateway to the city, the investment will deliver:

  • An increase in platforms in the station from two to five, supporting significantly expanded rail services well into the future
  • New southern entrance and façade to Ceannt Station, creating an attractive modern station including new customer facilities, retail units and toilet facilities
  • Enhanced connectivity and interchange between rail and bus services, making it easier and more attractive to customers to use multiple modes, and including improved accessibility and waiting areas, as well as Bus Éireann ticket office improvements.  Additionally, future bus bay expansion will be provided for, which is envisaged under the development of adjacent lands
  • New roof on the existing train hall to transform the platform and circulation areas into bright, welcoming spaces
  • Renovations to the existing northern elevation, prioritising accessibility and customer mobility through the entire station complex
  • Infrastructure works including track and resignalling to support the increase in the number of platforms, and services including drainage etc.

Main construction works under the contract will commence in January 2024, with construction substantially complete in Q2 2026.  Rail and bus services will continue throughout the works programme, with any temporary changes in customer walking routes advised in advance. 

Iarnród Éireann has announced it has awarded a contract for the major redevelopment of Galway’s Ceannt Station to BAM Ireland 3
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Minister of State, Anne Rabbitte said:

I welcome this announcement by Iarnród Éireann that shovels are going into the ground on the major redevelopment of Ceannt Station in Galway.  This is just wonderful news for commuters in Galway city and county and for our cherished tourists who deserve a gold standard

A sustainable transport network has a profound and far-reaching impact on both the environment and society. 

This shift not only improves air quality but also fosters healthier, more liveable communities.

Importantly, sustainable transport systems often enhance accessibility and connectivity, promoting economic development and social equity.

Overall, the impact of a sustainable transport network extends beyond immediate environmental benefits, positively influencing public health, economic prosperity, and the overall well-being of communities, creating a foundation for a more resilient and equitable future.

Iarnród Éireann has announced it has awarded a contract for the major redevelopment of Galway’s Ceannt Station to BAM Ireland 5
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Jim Meade, Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann said:

What we are doing in Galway represents our vision for rail being the backbone of Ireland’s sustainable transport network, and that of our major regional cities. 

Working with a range of agencies, and within the wider plan for the Ceannt Station area, we look forward to BAM Ireland shovels going into the ground in January coming, to begin the transformation of Ceannt Station into a true urban and regional transport hub. 

Our customers, and the wider economy and community of Galway, will benefit hugely from this project. 

As a Sustainable Development Goals Champion, bringing more sustainable transport to more communities is central to all that we do.

Iarnród Éireann has announced it has awarded a contract for the major redevelopment of Galway’s Ceannt Station to BAM Ireland 7
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Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien TD said:

I’m delighted to see that a contract has been awarded for the Ceannt Station Galway Redevelopment which is being part-funded by €20.85m under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

The Urban Regeneration and Development Fund is a €2BN fund which was established by Government to help drive more compact and sustainable development of our cities and larger towns, by supporting regenerative and sustainable projects which are in keeping with objectives under the National Planning Framework (NPF) and the National Development Plan (NDP). 

The redevelopment at Ceannt Station will deliver an integrated transport hub in the heart of Galway City Centre.

Through modernising the customer facing areas and increasing the platform capacity this redevelopment of the station will cater for the anticipated increased demand into the future, support the implementation of the recommendations of the National Rail Review and facilitate more compact and sustainable population growth within Galway City.

Along with project partners, I look forward to construction commencing in January 2024 and the eventual completion which will facilitate improved transport connectivity in the West.

BAM Ireland Regional Managing Director, Luke Gibbons said:

BAM are delighted to be commencing the Redevelopment Works at Ceannt Station in the New Year for our Customer Iarnród Éireann. 

The sustainability agenda of this project aligns very well with BAM’s own strategic objectives of building a sustainable tomorrow and enhancing the lives of the people we touch with our projects. 

BAM look forward to working collaboratively with Iarnród Éireann to successfully deliver this vital element of infrastructure for the Galway Region.

 

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