€600m N6 Galway City Outer Bypass Scheme Listed for Tender


A hearing is set to be held in early 2020 on the €600m N6 Galway City Outer Bypass Scheme Road Scheme. The project has been listed for tender and is expected to start in 2021. 

If you’ve heard our radio reports on a regular basis, you’ll be aware that Galway has a big traffic problem for such a small city.

Long tailbacks on routes like the Tuam Rd, Headford Rd, Quincentenary Bridge, Dublin Rd and Bóthar na dTreabh are the norm, and it’s not uncommon for whole areas of the city to grind to a halt after a traffic incident.

For years, Galwegians have been calling for a new road to bypass the city, and after a number of false starts it still hasn’t materialised. However, plans have recently been submitted to the planners for a road that would cross the entire city from Ballybrit to a point just west of Barna.

What are the aims of the project?

Seven objectives have been set out for the project, summarised as follows:

  • To support economic growth in Galway and the west
  • As part of the wider Galway Transport Strategy, to support other projects
  • To help Galway and the wider area move towards more environmentally friendly, sustainable methods of transport
  • To improve accessibility of and connectivity to the Gaeltacht areas and tourist attractions in the region
  • To reduce collisions by taking through traffic out of built-up areas
  • To reduce journey times in the city, and to make them more reliable
  • To improve connections between the west of Ireland and the Trans-European Transport Network


What does the proposed road consist of?


  • The new road will be 18km long – 12km of dual carriageway (of which 10km will be motorway standard) and 6km of single carriageway
  • One river bridge and viaduct over the Corrib, and a second viaduct at Menlough, over a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
  • Seven bridges carrying local roads over the new road
  • Ten bridges to carry the new road over local
  • Two tunnels: the Lackagh Tunnel (250m in length) and the Galway Racecourse Tunnel (230m in length).
  • 14km of access roads to be provided or upgraded