Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan and European Parliament candidate for Midlands-North-West Brendan Smith has criticised government efforts as commuting times continue to grow for Navan, County Meath commuters.

Deputy Smith explained “Having spent time in Navan and the wider area I know residents are growing frustrated as commute times to Dublin are increasing.

“Once the commute reaches the M50 everything grinds to a halt. There is frustration for those driving in cars as there is no adequate public transport services.

“I know from experience trains stopping at M3 Parkway/Dunboyne Station/Navan Road Parkway Station are crammed beyond capacity at peak times. Figures revealed to my party show that no new carriages have been bought since 2016. That is three years of an over subscribed train service getting busier with no expansion.

“Bus Éireann buses originating in Athboy and Kells are often at capacity and experience significant delays before they leave their towns.

“We must be making greater efforts to improve the commuting experience in Meath. Clearly, this is another case of Fine Gael not looking beyond the M50 and Dublin,” concluded Deputy Smith.