An artists impression of the proposed Newtown Trim Active Travel Scheme.

Plans for Newtown-Navan road link path go on public display

A LONG-AWAITED footpath linking Newtown in Trim with the Navan Road is finally progressing with plans going on public display this week.

Meath Co Council is planning to provide 470m of new/improved footpath along the L8017 Newtown Road and a further 185m of off-road pedestrian facilities which will connect with the existing footpath on the Lackanash Road, as part of the Newtown Trim Active Travel Scheme

The off road section of footpath is be constructed in a green area adjacent to the Old Lackanash Road (L8016) at Newtown.

The proposed scheme include provision of new and upgraded pedestrian facilities, active travel infrastructure, public lighting works and associated accommodation and boundary works, landscaping works, drainage and ancillary works.

The scheme will connect to the R161 at the junction with the L8017 and will follow the L8017 south for 470m.

From this point the pedestrian facilities will be taken offline into a green field site on the western side of the Newtown Road for a distance of 200m.

The offline facilities will then connect into an existing path which provides pedestrian access to the Newtown Abbey Housing estate from the Lackanash Road. The total length of the scheme is approximately 675m.

This scheme will deliver high quality pedestrian facilities along a busy section of road that has no, or substandard pedestrian facilities. It will improve safety for pedestrians by the provision of dedicated walking facilities with public lighting. It will create a sustainable mode of active travel access to the primary and secondary schools in the town and to local amenities.

It will provide improved linkages to public transport on the R161 and the R154 and will encourage walking as a sustainable mode of transport for workers in the Town Centre and the Trim Retail Park.

The plans are on public display until 11th December in the Planning Section, Buvinda House, Navan; the Trim MD offices at Mornington House, Trim.