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Key Findings

Table 1.1(a): Percentage of persons who travelled and did not travel on the travel reference day, 2012, 2013 and 2014
 201220132014Unweighted 2014 sample (number of persons aged 18 years or over)
 %%%
Did not travel26.829.030.03,209
Travelled73.271.070.07,173
Total 100.0100.0100.010,382
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.

Seven out of ten people (70%) made a journey on the travel reference day1 in 2014. This represents a slight decrease on 2013.

1The travel reference day is the day for which respondents provide information on their travel pattern.

Table 1.1(b) Percentage of persons who travelled and did not travel on the travel reference day by region, 2012, 2013 and 2014
 201220132014Unweighted 2014 sample (persons aged 18 years or over)
RegionTravelledDid not travelTotalTravelledDid not travelTotalTravelledDid not travelTotal
 %%%%%%%%% 
Border63.736.3100.062.137.9100.064.036.0100.01,148
Midland70.329.7100.073.326.7100.067.832.2100.0690
West71.928.1100.073.726.3100.070.629.4100.0825
Dublin76.823.2100.073.626.4100.072.927.1100.02,922
Mid-East73.027.0100.069.830.2100.068.431.6100.01,006
Mid-West77.522.5100.076.923.1100.070.629.4100.0941
South-East73.326.7100.069.630.4100.069.830.2100.01,204
South-West72.627.4100.068.731.3100.070.429.6100.01,646
All regions73.226.8100.071.029.0100.070.030.0100.010,382
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.
Table 1.2(a): Average journey profile Dublin and all regions excluding Dublin, 2012 , 2013 and 2014
Area2012 2013 2014
DistanceDurationSpeed1 DistanceDurationSpeed1 DistanceDurationSpeed1
 KmMinutesKm/hour KmMinutesKm/hour KmMinutesKm/hour
All regions excluding Dublin15.321.243.3 15.821.643.9 16.422.244.2
Dublin9.722.825.5 10.823.427.7 10.323.726.1
        
All regions13.621.737.6 14.322.138.8 14.622.738.5
1 Derived.
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.

The average journey distance in 2014 was 14.6 kilometres and on average took 22.7 minutes to complete. While journeys in Dublin tend to be shorter in distance, they take longer to complete. In 2014, it took almost seventy per cent longer to complete a trip of the same distance in Dublin than in the rest of the country.

Table 1.2(b): Average journey profile by region, 2012 , 2013 and 2014
Area2012 2013 2014
DistanceDurationSpeed1 DistanceDurationSpeed1 DistanceDurationSpeed1
 KmMinutesKm/hour KmMinutesKm/hour KmMinutesKm/hour
Border15.321.043.8 15.220.744.2 12.918.841.3
Midland17.321.947.2 18.721.651.8 18.622.150.4
West15.620.545.6 16.822.345.3 18.522.948.5
Dublin9.722.825.7 10.823.427.6 10.323.726.1
Mid-East18.224.644.4 16.523.741.9 18.627.141.1
Mid-West15.821.543.9 15.921.544.5 15.920.546.6
South-East13.618.643.9 14.919.845.2 16.421.346.1
South-West13.321.038.1 14.021.339.5 15.222.341.0
All regions13.621.737.6 14.322.138.8 14.622.738.5
1 Derived.
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.
Table 1.3 Percentage distribution of journeys by purpose, 2012 , 2013 and 2014
Purpose201220132014Unweighted 2014 sample (journeys taken by persons aged 18 years or over)
 %%% 
Work23.024.825.02,222
Education4.84.64.5336
Shopping21.422.724.02,485
To eat or drink2.31.91.8179
Visit family / friends10.510.210.81,069
Entertainment / leisure / sports9.19.89.91,019
Personal business5.86.45.2529
Companion / escort journey19.015.213.81,447
Other4.14.25.1585
All purposes100.0100.0100.09,871
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.

The most common reasons for making a journey in 2014 were to travel to and from work (25.0%) or to go shopping (24.0%). Companion/escort journeys were the next most important reason for making a journey (13.8%). It should be noted that the survey was answered by those aged 18 years and over, hence the figures for education are likely to be lower than they would be if the survey had included all age groups. Return journeys, that is journeys back to the respondent's place of residence after completing a journey for a specific purpose, are excluded from this journey purpose analysis.

distribution of journeys
by purpose
2014
Work25
Education4.5
Visit family
friends
10.8
Shopping24
Companion
escort
13.8
Other22
Table 1.4: Percentage distribution of journeys by mode of travel, 2012 , 2013 and 2014
Mode of travel201220132014Unweighted 2014 sample (journeys taken by persons aged 18 years or over)
 %%% 
Private car - driver70.469.069.112,687
Private car - passenger6.15.85.31,072
Walk13.615.414.82,526
Bus3.93.84.4725
Cycle1.21.31.6245
Rail / DART / Luas1.31.51.4231
Taxi / hackney0.80.90.9155
Lorry / motorcycle / other12.72.52.5390
All modes of travel100.0100.0100.018,031
1Lorry/motorcycle/other includes lorry, van, motorcycle and other modes of travel.
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.

The results show a strong affinity to the car when choosing a particular mode of transport. In 2014, almost three quarters of journeys (74.4%) were by car, either as driver or passenger. Only 5.3% were passenger car journeys with the vast majority (69.1%) as car driver. The next most popular modal choice was walking (14.8%).

distribution of journeys
by mode of travel
2014
Private car
driver
69.1
Private car
passenger
5.3
Walk14.8
Other10.8
Table 1.5: Average journey profile by mode of travel, 2012, 2013 and 2014
Mode of travel2012 2013 2014
DistanceDuration DistanceDuration DistanceDuration
 KmMinutes KmMinutes KmMinutes
Private car - driver14.320.2 15.420.5 15.621.0
Private car - passenger24.528.8 25.129.6 26.429.7
Lorry / motorcycle / other25.431.1 27.831.0 27.633.1
Walk1.818.6 1.919.2 2.319.1
Bus14.834.8 18.138.4 17.238.9
Cycle6.923.8 5.723.6 6.624.6
Rail / DART / Luas29.344.4 28.044.9 32.649.9
Taxi / hackney10.221.2 6.816.4 7.014.9
All modes of travel13.621.7 14.322.1 14.622.7
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.

In 2014, the average journey was 14.6 kilometres and took 22.7 minutes to complete. There was a significant variation in the average journey profile across different transport modes. Journeys of a longer distance were more likely to be completed using public transport (bus, rail, DART or LUAS), car as a passenger or lorry/motorcycle. Journeys by rail, DART or LUAS had an average distance of 32.6 kilometres and took on average 49.9 minutes to complete.  The average distance for journeys as a car passenger was 26.4 kilometres while the average duration was 29.7 minutes.

2014Distance (km)Duration (minutes)
Private car/ driver15.621
Private car / passenger26.429.7
Lorry
motorcycle
other
27.633.1
Walk2.319.1
Bus17.238.9
Cycle6.624.6
Rail /DART / Luas32.649.9
Taxi / hackney714.9
All modes of travel14.622.7
Table 1.6: Percentage distribution of journeys by time of departure, 2012, 2013 and 2014
     
Time of departure201220132014Unweighted 2014 sample (journeys taken by persons aged 18 years or over)
 %%% 
00:00-06:591.74.12.5402
07:00-09:5919.914.918.63,215
10:00-12:5919.418.619.73,787
13:00-15:5923.922.922.04,075
16:00-18:5923.323.624.04,213
19.00-23:5911.815.913.22,339
All times of travel100.0100.0100.018,031
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.

Almost half of all journeys (46.0%) in 2014 took place between the hours of 13:00 and 18:59. Just over one fifth of all journeys (22.0%) were made between 13:00 and 15:59 while close to one quarter (24.0%) took place between 16:00 and 18:59. The method of data collection changed from a 24 hour format for 2012 to a 12 hour format for 2013. Consequently, caution should be applied when comparing the timing of journeys in 2012 and 2013/2014. 

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distribution of
journeys by time of
departure, 2014
distribution of
journeys by time of
departure, 2014
00:00-06:592.5
07:00-09:5918.6
10:00-12:5919.7
13:00-15:5922
16:00-18:5924
19.00-23:5913.2
Table 1.7: Percentage distribution of journeys by duration, 2012 , 2013 and 2014
Duration201220132014Unweighted 2014 sample (journeys taken by persons aged 18 years or over)
 %%% 
15 minutes or less57.657.656.910,425
16 - 30 minutes27.526.626.44,732
31 - 45 minutes6.77.07.31,229
46 - 60 minutes4.24.54.9832
>60 minutes3.94.34.5813
All durations100.0100.0100.018,031
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.

In 2014, the vast majority of journeys (83.3%) took 30 minutes or less to complete. Almost six out of every ten journeys (56.9%) took 15 minutes or less to complete. Just 16.7% of journeys took longer than 30 minutes. This follows the same pattern as in 2012 and 2013.

distribution of journeys
by duration, 2014
15 minutes
or less
56.9
16 - 30
minutes
26.4
31 - 45
minutes
7.3
46 - 60
minutes
4.9
>60 minutes4.5
Table 1.8: Percentage distribution of journeys by journey distance, 2012 , 2013 and 2014
     
Distance201220132014Unweighted 2014 sample (journeys taken by persons aged 18 years or over)
 %%% 
<2 kilometres22.321.118.83,453
2<4 kilometres18.218.920.03,581
4<6 kilometres11.711.713.02,355
6<8 kilometres6.06.66.41,153
8+ kilometres41.941.741.97,489
All distances100.0100.0100.018,031
Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values.

Just over four out of every ten journeys (41.9%) involved distances of eight kilometres or more. Nearly one fifth of journeys (18.8%) were less than two kilometres. This figure is slightly down on 2012 and 2013.

Distancedistribution of journeys
by journey distance, 2014
<2
kilometres
18.8
2<4
kilometres
20
4<6
kilometres
13
6<8
kilometres
6.4
8+
kilometres
41.9

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