Sunday 11 December 2016

How we travel: Department of Transport report

Published 06/07/2015 | 02:30

Roads take the bulk of the land transport budget (55pc), with €770m invested in 2014
Roads take the bulk of the land transport budget (55pc), with €770m invested in 2014
Dublin Airport handled 20.2 million passengers in 2013, with 24.8 million handled by all airports
The Luas system runs to 37.2km, but will increase to 42.8km when Luas Cross City opens in 2017
There is 4,100km of cycleway across the country, including greenways and improvements in towns and cities

The ‘Transport Trends: An Overview of Ireland’s Transport Sector’ report, was published by the department of transport's economic and financial evaluation unit

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Aviation

Dublin Airport handled 20.2 million passengers in 2013, with 24.8 million handled by all airports.

There were just over 200,000 flights into and out of Irish airports in 2013. Dublin accounted for 79pc of all flights, followed by Cork (10pc), Shannon (6pc), Knock (3pc) and Kerry (2pc).

The top five routes from Dublin in terms of passenger numbers are London Heathrow, London Gatwick, London Stansted, Paris Charles de Gaulle and Manchester.

The primary routes for the other airports are focused on London and the rest of the UK, with Shannon operating key routes to the US.

The amount of freight carried by air has risen 9pc since 2009.

Roads

There is just under 100,000km of road, of which 900km is motorway.

Ireland has more roads than our European neighbours, some 21.5km per 1,000 population compared with 13.3km among the EU28.

Cars travelled more than 32 billion kilometres in 2013. But 49pc of trips of 2km or less are made by car, rising to 72pc of journeys between 2km and 4km.

Roads take the bulk of the land transport budget (55pc), with €770m invested in 2014.

Public Transport

Some 238 million journeys were made across the CIE public transport companies last year, a growth of 8 million year-on-year. Another 32 million were taken on the Luas.

There are 2,422 buses across the country. Dublin Bus owns 928, of which 907 are used for public services, and Bus Éireann has 637 with 453 used on public routes.

The Luas system runs to 37.2km, but will increase to 42.8km when Luas Cross City opens in 2017, adding additional capacity for 10 million trips a year.

There is 2,384km of heavy rail track, of which 4.5pc is electrified. Some 142 stations are across the network.

Some 44pc of the land transport budget, or €616m, is invested in the public transport network.

Maritime

The largest ports, in terms of freight activity, are Dublin, Shannon Foynes, Cork, Rosslare, Bantry Bay and Waterford which each handle more than one million tonnes a year.

Irish ports handled 47.5 million tonnes of goods in 2014, a rise of 754,000 tonnes (up 1.6pc). n The busiest port routes, for freight, are between Dublin and the UK (Milford Haven, Holyhead and Liverpool).

The amount of freight carried by sea has risen 12pc since 2009.

There are 3,251 ships registered under the Irish flag.

There has been a rise in the number of merchant ships registered of 100 gross tonnes or more, up from 120 in 2012 to 133 in 2014

Sustainable Transport

There is 4,100km of cycleway across the country, including greenways and improvements in towns and cities.

Some 2,240 bikes are provided under the public bike schemes with 1,500 in Dublin, followed by Cork (320), Limerick (215) and Galway (205).

Some 1.3pc of all trips are made by bike, compared with 1pc in 2009. There has been a sharp rise in trips to primary school (up 29pc) and college (up 12pc), but the number of trips to second level has dropped by 41pc.

There has been a drop in walking trips, down from 16pc to 15.4pc.

Just 1pc of the land transport budget, or €14m, is invested in sustainable transport options.

Irish Independent

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