What is being Proposed?
Meath County Council is proposing to develop a portion of the Navan Cycle Scheme from Beechmount to Balreask Manor which will provide high quality, safe, continuous, and consistent cycle and pedestrian facilities in Navan.
The proposed network will be a continuation of the recently commenced section from the Solstice Roundabout at Railway Street to Beechmount Housing Estate and will improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and mobility and shall facilitate local recreational usage along with functional access to schools, employment, amenities, and services.
The proposed network will also facilitate linkage to other networks being developed in and around Navan, enabling access to employment in Navan from further afield.
The Strategic Vision
A transition towards more sustainable modes of transport is essential to reduce Ireland’s carbon emissions and reach the Government’s goal to reduce carbon emissions to 30% by 2030 and 80% by 2050.
The development of the proposed cycle network in Navan is fundamental to this strategic vision as it will deliver sustainable transport facilities and promote the use of such facilities, which aligns with objectives of numerous national, regional, and local government polices to reduce private car usage and associated emissions.
Meath County Council in partnership with the National Transport Authority are developing Navan Cycle Scheme – Beechmount to Balreask Manor. Meath County Council have appointed Jacobs Engineering Ireland Limited as Technical Advisors to progress the planning phase of this active travel scheme.
Where we are now
The schemes are currently at Phase 2 Concept Design and Option Development. Following the Option Development Appraisal and Identification process, the project team has now selected an Emerging Preferred Route for Beechmount to Balreask Manor. The project team has completed all topographical, traffic and ecological surveys/investigations and have identified all of the potentially impacted properties. We would now like to meet with directly affected landowners to discuss the potential impact of this cycle scheme.
Route Corridor Map
The proposed scheme between Beechmount and Balreask Manor shall deliver high quality cycle and pedestrian facilities and an improved public realm along a route corridor of approximately 850m (0.85km) from the Beechmount Junction (R161/Dan Shaw Road) to Balreask Manor (R161/Balreask Manor). The emerging preferred route shall tie in with a scheme of Active Travel infrastructure, currently under construction on the Trim Road, at the junction between the Trim Road and Beechmount Avenue. The emerging preferred route shall introduce improved cycling and pedestrian infrastructure between Beechmount and Balreask Manor with new 2-way cycle tracks running for the majority of the route.
The Emerging Preferred Route corridor is shown in the Route Corridor Map below.
Next Steps: Non-Statutory Public Consultation
We now wish to consult with the public on the Beechmount to Balreask Manor Emerging Preferred Route and Meath County Council is opening a process of public consultation which will run for 4 weeks from Monday 13th November to Friday 8th December 2023.
We are keen to get a wide range of views, and we want to engage with as many people as possible in the consultation process, so that we can be confident that the proposed scheme is the best way forward. If members of local communities, cyclists, pedestrians, and other road users, interested individuals or groups have any comments in relation to the proposed Beechmount to Balreask Manor Emerging Preferred Route, we will use the submissions received to inform the proposal for the Beechmount to Balreask Manor Preferred Route, that will be consulted on later in 2024.
Meath County Council will host an in-person consultation event on 13th November 2023 between 3pm and 7pm in the Knowth Suite at the Newgrange Hotel in Navan to present the Emerging Preferred Route. To register please visit: https://consult.meath.ie
How to make a submission
Details of the proposed cycle scheme are available from Monday 13th November to Friday 8th December 2023 at the following locations:
- The Council’s consultation portal https://consult.meath.ie
- Meath County Council, Planning Department, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath C15 Y291
Submissions should be made no later than 5pm on Friday 8th December 2023 via:
- Feedback Form on the Council’s consultation portal: https://consult.meath.ie
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Post: Navan Cycle Scheme, Meath County Council, Buvinda House, Dublin Road, Navan, Co. Meath, C15 Y291
How to get in Touch
We welcome feedback at all phases. Should you have a query, question, or any relevant information that you would like to share please contact us at:
Tel: (046) 9097150