Cllr Padraig Fitzsimons, Mayor of Navan, with Meath County Council Chief Executive Jackie Maguire, CEO of the NTA Anne Graham, Chief Customer Officer of Bus Eireann Allen Parker, Active Travel Co-ordinator Lara Fagan and Director of Services Martin Murray

Navan bus service sees four-fold jump in usage

Meath County Council has completed construction works associated with the delivery of new bus stop facilities in Navan. The works, funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA), has included the delivery of 53 new wheelchair-accessible bus stops along with signage and information display units. Minor refurbishment work to 13 existing bus stops within the town has also been completed.

The new stops are located on the N1 and N2 Navan town bus routes which were introduced a year ago this week. The services are operated by Bus Éireann and funded by NTA.

The people of Navan have responded very positively to introduction of N1 and N2 one year ago. In 2018 and 2019, the town services attracted about 4,000 passengers each four-week period. The figure now is over 16,000, which is a major jump in patronage.

These new stops form part of a network that facilitates convenient travel across the town on the N1 and N2, and also support the planned expansion and development of Navan into the future. The new bus infrastructure and services facilitate new ways to get to work, schools, healthcare facilities, civil amenities and leisure activities.

The N1 and N2 services operate seven days a week and provide a bus approximately every 30 minutes from Monday to Saturday and every 60 minutes on Sundays. The services provide a regular, reliable and convenient way of getting around the town, on low-floor buses that are fully wheelchair accessible.

In the near future, these bus services will connect with the Kennedy Road bus interchange facility providing potential interchange with regional buses for onward travel to such destinations such as Trim, Kells, Drogheda, Dublin, Cavan and Dublin Airport. They will also help make Navan a more attractive and accessible place to visit and stay.

Meath County Council chief executive, Jackie Maguire commented: “Navan is at a key stage in its development. As its population grows, the town must adapt to meet it’s needs. The completion of these new bus stops supports that adaption and provides opportunity for sustainable travel choices, and delivers a new, frequent, accessible and convenient public transport service for the town. They will make for a better experience for those living in and visiting the town, and will provide a real alternative to car trips around Navan, which will bring environmental and health benefits.”