Thursday, September 07, 2017

NEW census results have shown that 22,731 (72.7%) of commuters in Laois travel to work by car, while just 4.3% of workers in the county use public transport.

Profile six of the 2016 census results were released by the Central Statistics Office under the heading ‘Commuting in Ireland’.

It showed that the average travel time to work for Laois commuters was 31.9 minutes, compared with 30.4 minutes in 2011.

More than one-in-four working commuters in Laois (25.6%) travelled for less than 15 minutes, compared with 27% from the previous census.

A total of 14,489 Laois residents work in the county, while 4,016 people commuted into the county for work.

A further 11,477 people commuted to work outside the county, giving a net loss of 7,461 in the working population.

The number of secondary school children walking to school increased by 118 to 1,116, accounting for 16.3% of secondary students, while 47.9% went to school by car, compared with 44.2% in 2011.

Just over three-in-ten (30.6%) travelled by bus, while 1.0% cycled to school.

Nationally, 1,875,773 people commuted to work in April 2016, an increase of 10.7% on 2011.

There were large increases in bus and train use (up 22% and 19.7% respectively), while those cycling to work rose by 43% in 2011.

People who walked to work increased by 4,570 to 175,080 since 2011, while driving was the most popular means of transport for third-level students in 2011, but the numbers fell in 2016 to 44,771, accounting for 23.5% of college commuters.

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

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By Aedin Dunne
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