05 Jul 2019
Posted in: First Time Buyer
Navan locals of a certain age will remember doing laps around the shopping centre in town as a child, jumping into The Ramparts once the temperature rose above 15 degrees, and seeing the 109 bus passing through town.
That 109 bus still goes several times a day from Busáras, snaking through Phibsboro and out through Blanchardstown before hitting the Royal County.
Navan is a historic town, given Meath’s place as the seat of the High King of Ireland, but its transport routes and easy atmosphere mean it’s become a modern hub for commuters. So, what should commuters look out for when choosing somewhere to live in Navan?
A spin from Navan to Dublin city centre takes roughly an hour if you stick to the M3.
At its inception, the M3 was one of the most controversial road projects in Ireland. Linking Dublin with Navan and the northwest of the country, the controversy came from ancient times when the road led to Tara, the seat of the High Kings of Ireland.
Historical significance aside, the M3 was a necessary project to provide Meath with the level of road infrastructure that a commuter town needs.
When you’re on the house hunt, look for villages and townlands close to the M3 for easy access on your commute. The Trim Road, Johnstown, and Navan town are ideal, but townlands further afield like Kennastown, Kilmessan, and Robinstown are well worth a look too.
While most commuters will be driving the M3, plenty more will be looking to public transport to make their trip.
As mentioned earlier, the 109 from Busáras will take you all the way to Navan, and further northwest if required. The drive will take 60 minutes on a good day and 90 when it’s busier. Bottlenecks are to be expected at the Trim/N3 junction and Blanchardstown/M50, but the bus lane keeps things moving steadily enough.
It’s nine stops from Busáras (Beresford Place) to the Mercy convent in Navan town using the NX bus which operates from early morning up to 11.25pm. At the time of writing, tickets from Busáras to Mercy convert are around €14.24 for a daily return, or in the region of €67.45 for an Adult 10 Journey, as per Bus Eireann’s fare finder service.
Once you’re off the bus, Navan town centre is only a short walk away and you’ll have access to shops like Penneys, M&S, and Tesco – so you’ve plenty of choice if you need to do some evening shopping before heading home.
In 2010, the first phase of the proposed railway linking Navan to Dublin opened. The M3 Parkway Station links Blanchardstown to Dunboyne and the city centre, but the trip stops well short of Navan town.
The project intending to link the rail service into Navan has been deferred due to the reduction in the Exchequer capital reinvestment programme.
It’s not ideal for Navan, but buses are plentiful enough that it isn’t a big deal.
If you’re worried about being a ‘blow-in’, there’s no fear of that with plenty of commuters and locals to befriend. It’s a great mix of people and it gives Navan a very particular charm. Navan is home to plenty of young families too, so there’s always a buzz about the place.
An abundance of local amenities work in the town’s favour too. The shopping centre is an easy way to spend an afternoon while Navan racecourse is a great day out. For a touch of history, you can’t go wrong with the Bective Abbey and Donaghmore Round Tower.
With a mix of friendly locals, amenities, and ample transport routes, Navan has become an excellent choice for commuters.
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