The Meath on Track Campaign will hold a major public Rally in Navan this Saturday at 1 pm,18th September at Kennedy Place just opposite the Navan Shopping Centre. The objective according to the Cathaoirleach of the Meath on Track Campaign, Peadar Tóibín TD is to put maximum pressure on the government to finally build this critical piece of infrastructure. An Teachta Tóibín stated;
“I am urging the people of Meath to come out in large numbers to attend this key public rally. I am asking people to motivate and mobilise your family, friends, work colleagues, and club members to join us. We did it before when our Hospital was under threat. The Navan to Dublin Rail line has been promised by so many governments for so long that many people have given up the fight for this critical piece of infrastructure. However, we cannot give up. It’s too important”.
“The majority of workers in Meath are forced to leave the county every day to work. This happens in no other county in Ireland. Over 30,000 Meath workers leave Meath to go to work every day. Meath workers have the longest commute in the country. Yet Navan is the largest town in the country without a Rail Line. Traffic is fast returning to our roads after Covid. It’s estimated that traffic is already at 90% of the levels that it was pre-Covid. Parents are living in a commuting hell, commuting for 2 and 3 hours a day. They return home daily, exhausted to spend a few short hours with their families. Meath has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the country and this is only going to increase further. There will soon be 1/4 of a million people living in Meath”.
“There is a Climate Emergency. Yet the government forces thousands of cars to leave the county every day to sit in traffic in Dublin. Meath County Council has the lowest income per capita of any county in the country. This is in large part due to the lack of significant industry and employment in the county. Enterprise follows infrastructure. The building of the Navan to Dublin Rail Line would be game-changer for economic development in Meath”.
“In the last few months, in part due to the pressure brought on the government by our Meath on Track Campaign, the National Transport Agency has commissioned a Navan Rail Line Assessment Study. This is now in its final stages. It will feed into an updated NTA Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area. The Navan to Dublin Rail Line must be included in this Transport Strategy. It will be a disaster for our county and tens of thousands of our commuters if it’s not”.
“Now is the time to put maximum pressure on the government to do the right thing and to finally fulfill their promises. I am urging the people of Meath to take to the streets in large numbers on Saturday and leave the government in no doubt how important this is.