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Press Statement


31 August 2020

Press Statement Transport Bulletin 01 March 2020 to 22 August 2020

Transport volumes have dropped following latest Government restrictions
  • Traffic counter data shows that the rate of recovery in car volumes has decreased. Volumes for the week commencing 16 August was 19.8% lower in regional locations and 22.7% lower in Dublin than the same week in 2019
  • The volume of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in 2020 have exceeded 2019 volumes since June but the rate of increase has slowed
  • Number of journeys taken on public transport decreased following the introduction of the latest restrictions
  • The pace of recovery of road traffic volumes for cars and HGVs to pre COVID-19 levels continues to outstrip that of public transport passenger numbers
  • Number of new private cars licensed in first seven months of 2020 fell by more than 31,000 vehicles compared to the same period in 2019
  • COVID-19 restrictions continue to impact heavily on airport passenger numbers

Go to release: Transport Bulletin 01 March 2020 to 22 August 2020

The CSO has today (31 August 2020) published its latest transport bulletin. The bulletin captures the impact of the COVID-19 restrictions on traffic volumes and the number of journeys taken on public transport. This bulletin is compiled using data collected by the Transport Infrastructure Ireland, the Road Safety Authority, the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

This is the first edition of the bulletin since the restrictions announced by the Government on 18 August. These restrictions included a request to citizens to avoid public transport if practicable and a request to businesses to facilitate working from home where possible. The volume of HGVs is now greater than it was for the same period last year in both Dublin and in the regional locations measured, except for a slight decrease (-0.2%) in regional locations in the week beginning 02 August.

Commenting on this latest bulletin, Olive Loughnane, Statistician, said: ‘This bulletin analyses traffic counter data from selected sites to examine the changes that have occurred in traffic volumes since 01 March. The COVID-19 restrictions had a significant influence on traffic volumes, the number of journeys on public transport and travel through Irish airports.

Car traffic volumes for the week ending 22 August were 19.8% lower than 2019 levels at regional locations and 22.7% lower in Dublin. HGV traffic volumes are exceeding 2019 levels for the ninth consecutive week in selected regional locations. The volume of HGVs measured at selected sites in Dublin from 21 June 2020 to 22 August 2020 exceeds that measured for the same period in 2019 by 1.5%.'

Further commenting on the Transport Bulletin, Olive Loughnane said: ‘The number of passenger journeys on public transport has dropped following the announcement of Government restrictions on 18 August. The number of bus and rail journeys taken during the week commencing 16 August was 58.4% lower than the week commencing 01 March. Data from Irish airports shows that air transport continues to be heavily impacted by restrictions.’

This bulletin will be updated on a regular basis to measure the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on transport. Future editions will be located in the CSO COVID-19 Information Hub.

For further information contact:

Olive Loughnane (+353) 21 453 5281 or Noreen Dorgan (+353) 21 453 5260

or email

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