Census shows Cork people rarely use public transport

Census shows Cork people rarely use public transport
Census commuter stats

MORE people in Cork commute to work by car than in any other county in Ireland, according to latest Central Statistics Office data.

The records, from April last year, show that 72.8% or 155,860 people living and working in the county opted to travel by car, that’s compared to 65.6% of commuters nationally.

Just 4.5% of people in Cork used public transport to get to work, while nationally about 9.3% of working commuters chose public transport. Roughly 1.5% of us cycled and 9.2% walked to work.

The CSO Commuting in Ireland report, released yesterday, shows that in April 2016 there was a total of 2,962,550 people travelling to work, school or college - an increase of 9.3% on the figure recorded in the previous census.

In April 2016, 1,875,773 people were commuting to work - an increase of 10.7% compared to five years previous.

A noticeable increase in the use of buses and trains was recorded (up 22% and 19.7% respectively), while the number cycling to work rose by 43% in the past five years.

“This report presents detailed statistics on and analysis of the commuting patterns of workers and students in April 2016,” senior statistician Deirdre Cullen said.

“It examines how we travel to work, school and college; the times we leave to get there and the length of time we spend commuting.

“It is particularly timely as we move into Autumn and the return of students to schools and colleges across the country,” Travel times have risen here, but they have also increased for commuters nationally.

Journeys averaged 25.6 minutes in Cork, compared to 24.2 minutes in 2011.

Fewer than one in four (23.4%) of Cork commuters’ journeys took less than 15 minutes, that’s compared to 25.9% recorded in the 2011 census.

Nationally, the average commuting time in April 2016 was 28.2 minutes, up from 26.6 minutes in 2011 and the data shows 22.9% of commuters had journeys shorter than 15 minutes.

In April last year 6.9% of Cork commuters spent an hour or more travelling compared to 5.8% in 2011, while 1.6% had a commute of more than 90 minutes, in comparison to 1.4% five years previously.

Data collected in regards commuting in and out of Cork shows there were 127,068 Cork residents working within the county and 61,505 people commuted into the county for work.

A further 59,693 people commuted to work outside the county, giving a net gain of 1,812 in the working population.

Figures say 67.0% of primary school children travelled to school by car, while 19.0% (11,715) walked.

Fewer primary school kids (9.1%) travelled by bus, a decrease from 10.2% in 2011.

Just 0.4% of primary students cycled to school.

The number of secondary school children walking to school fell by 564 to 6,955, accounting for 17.5% of secondary students, while 52.8% went to school by car, compared to 50.2% in 2011. One in four (25.9%) travelled by bus, while 0.4% cycled to school.

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