The proposed €12 million investment which will transform central Navan is set to become a reality.
Councillors have voted to push ahead with the planning process for the scheme which will see massive changes in traffic flow and the streetscape of the town.
The plans will go on public display within the next few weeks.
The next three to four years will see major changes, including:
- A new bus terminus and park and ride facility on the Kells Road.
- Set back bus stops on both sides of the Kennedy Road.
- The reversal of traffic on Ludlow St.
- The loss of 28 of the town’s 3,000 parking spaces.
The €12 million revamp is aimed at making the town more pedestrian and cycle friendly as well as making it more accessible to shoppers and public transport, according to Meath County Council director of Services, Kevin Stewart.
There has been a mixed response to the proposals, but councillors agreed at a meeting of Navan Municipal District Council last week to start the formal planning process.
Cllr Joe Reilly said the proposal was the first major investment in the centre of Navan in nearly 20 years.
“The investment package of €12m will help to promote Navan as the county town in Meath and as a major regional retail town.”
Donal Mulcahy of Town Radio Taxis said the reversal of traffic on Ludlow Street would sever a vital artery for traffic exiting the town of Navan and route more traffic down Watergate Street, while the addition of a bus hub will exacerbate the congestion on Kennedy Road.
FOR MORE DETAIL ON THE PLAN SEE THIS WEEK'S MEATH CHRONICLE