Thursday 19 October 2017

Revealed: The average travel time spent travelling to work for Irish commuters - CSO

Details from the Central Statistics Office
Details from the Central Statistics Office

Sasha Brady

The latest Census data has revealed that commuters in Ireland spend almost 30 minutes travelling to work each day.

The average commuter will endure 28.2 minutes of travel time, an increase of two minutes each day since the last Census figures were published in 2011.

The number of workers commuting has increased by 11 percent (1,875,773m) and the majority of commuters are travelling by car.

In 2016, 1,229,996m people said they travelled to work by car. Walking was the second most popular commuter travel option with 175,080 people pounding the pavement. This was followed by public transport users at 174,569 - up 21 percent.

The number of people using public transport has increased by 21 percent (stock image)
The number of people using public transport has increased by 21 percent (stock image)

The number of workers cycling has increased by a whopping 43 percent with 56,837 people pedalling to work in 2016.

When it comes to transporting primary students to school, only 10 percent use public transport. 24 percent of primary age students walk, while 60 percent are transported by car.

This figures are roughly the same for secondary level students, however fewer travel to work by car at 43 percent, 28 percent use public transport and 21 percent walk.

Car is the most popular transport option for college students at 34 percent, followed by walking to school at 26 percent and public transport at 24 percent.

Not surprisingly Dublin is home to the largest working population with 512,449 workers recorded in 2016. This was followed by Cork (102,139), Limerick (102,139), Galway (44,376) and Waterford (24,375).

When it comes to cross-border commuting, 9,336 people travel to Northern Ireland for work.

An average of 3,531 people travel abroad to work.

Census figures show the importance of the Metro North and DART extension projects, a Fine Gael TD, Alan Farrell said.

 “Fgures published today have highlighted the importance of on-going investment in our public transport system, particularly as our unemployment rate continues to fall, and the number of people at work increases.

“While the proportion of commuters in Dublin travelling by car is below the national figure of 65.6 percent, I believe it signals that further initiatives to encourage people to take alternative means of transport in our capital city and its surrounds are essential."

Mr Farrell, who represents Dublin Fingal, said taking cars off the main routes into the city in order to reduce long travel times "is of the utmost importance"

“This is just one reason why the delivery of new transport infrastructure like Metro North is essential for both the local communities it serves, and our capital city in its entirety," he said.

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