Peadar and Emer Tóibín at the rally

The chairman of Navan On Track, Peadar Tóibín, TD, has told Meath Live he broadly welcomes the news that the Navan – Dublin rail link is still high on the agenda of the National Development Plan.

He said

“This is good news. There has been a lot of work done by the Meath on Track Campaign to put serious pressure on the government on this issue in the run-up to this decision. The importance of this piece of infrastructure to the county cannot be overstated”.

“This morning the majority of workers in Meath left the county today to go to work outside the county, this happens in no other county, in the country, Meath people commute further than any other county, indeed Navan is the largest town in the country without a rail line.

“Tens of thousands of people in Meath are living in commuting hell, spending 2 and 3 hours stuck in traffic. All of this must change for the physical and mental wellbeing of the county and for the economic health of Meath.”

 

 

“Despite the project being in the NDP, the government has still not committed to it. So we are cautious still in terms of this. The rail line has been kicked around as a political football for so long now that many people are cynical on the government’s approach”.

“We in the Meath on Track Campaign urge the government to stop dragging their heels on it. We need to see a cast-iron commitment, a start date, and ring-fenced funding. And we need to see that now”.