The Athlumney to Trim Road Cycle and Pedestrian Scheme is composed of two sections of the Navan Cycle Network, the Na7 and the Na3. The scheme will provide a safer cycling and walking environment in Navan, and will provide important links to schools, communities, businesses and amenities in the area.
The route extends from the Beechmount Avenue junction on the Trim Road to Railway Street, connecting with the recently constructed roundabout at the Solstice Arts Centre and onto Circular Road. It then crosses the Dublin Road and continues northward along the River Boyne to the New Bridge, where it joins the new cycle and pedestrian facility on the Kentstown Road as far as Convent Road.
First unveiled in October 2018, there was controversy over a section of the plans on Convent Road. The replacement notice agreed to proceed with the route but simply omit the Convent Road section, leaving a part of the route with no provision for safe cycling. About 780 vulnerable road users (schoolchildren) and 80 adults (teachers and other staff) attend St Michael’s Loreto School and the vast majority access the school via Convent Road each day. As it currently stands, Convent Road has narrow footpaths that are not adequate for the number of pedestrians at peak times and there will be no provision for students that cycle.
The first section of the Athlumney to Trim Road Cycle and Pedestrian Scheme, from the Trim Road to Solstice Roundabout, is due to be completed in Q2 2021, with the second section, from the Solstice to New Bridge (R147/R153) due in 2022, and the final part, from New Bridge to Loreto College sometime in 2023.