Sunday 17 November 2019

​Public transport takes back seat as 75pc choose to drive or walk

Some 74.8pc of residents in Ireland decide to get to their destination by car
Some 74.8pc of residents in Ireland decide to get to their destination by car

Louise kelly

The majority of us would rather jump into the car or walk rather than getting a bus or train when travelling in Ireland.

Some 74.8pc of residents in Ireland decide to get to their destination by car, either as a driver or passenger, according to a recent report from the Central Statistics Office. 

And even when the car's left behind, 'in the shop', or non existent, more (some 15.4pc) would then rather make their journey by foot than go by public transport.

Our travel habits were revealed from the analysis of information taken from 14,759 respondents who embarked on 27,818 journeys within Ireland in 2013.

The average journey distance overall in this year was 14.3km and on average took just over 22 minutes to complete.

Travels by rail, DART or Luas in 2013 had an average distance of 28km and took almost 45 minutes to complete while the average distance for journeys by car was 25.1km while the average duration was almost a half hour.

Unsurprisingly, the CSO report showed that journeys in Dublin, although shorter in distance, take longer to complete - almost 60pc longer than counterparts completing the same distance in the rest of the country. 

Getting to and from work (24.8pc) topped the list of reasons why people travelled with shopping at 22.7pc trailing close behind. 

Keeping a companion company was also a popular reason with companion journeys (15.2pc) the third top reason for those making a journey in 2013.

Journeys of a longer distance were more likely to be completed using public transport, car pooling or motorbike/lorry.

Late afternoon journeys proved to be the most popular in 2013 as 46.5pc of people travelled between 1pm and 7pm, with 23.6pc starting out after 4pm and just under 23pc making the journey before this time.

The survey was answered by those aged 18 so those travelling for educational purposes were largely not included.

Return journeys were also excluded from the CSO analysis.

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