Transport Trends 2017

Friday 30 June 2017

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has today welcomed the Transport Trends 2017 document published by his Department, which details the latest developments within the transport sector from available data and statistics. Minister Ross said the report, entitled ‘Transport Trends – An Overview of Ireland’s Transport Sector’ demonstrates continued and consistent growth across the various transport domains in Ireland (See link to report below).

Commenting on the report, Minister Ross said: ‘Transport Trends 2017 shows that the return to transport growth which began in 2012-2013 has been sustained and, indeed, growth rates are increasing across the sectors. We would expect to see this trend sustained in coming years as Ireland’s economy continues to strengthen.

‘It is vital that we ensure our transport system continues to be able to support our economy, so that Irish workers are able to quickly travel to and from work, the growing number of international tourists are enabled to conveniently access Ireland’s many attractive regions and places of interest, and trade, both domestic and foreign, is encouraged through the efficient transit of goods and services.

‘The document highlights a number of positive developments, such as: almost 10 million extra passenger journeys on our bus and rail services in 2015; high uptake of integrated ticketing with payment by Leap card growing from 12.6 million in 2012 to over 82 million in 2016; and a record number of 27.8 million passengers using Dublin Airport. The report also highlights challenges in the sector, including the increasing level of emissions from the transport sector and the potential impact of Brexit on the movement of goods and services to and from Ireland.

‘Transport Trends 2017 highlights recent expenditure trends and the constraints under which investment decisions are made. In this context, important decisions will continue to need to be made to ensure Ireland’s transport network is appropriately funded and managed. In this context, the seven-year Capital Plan, ‘Building on Recovery’, which has earmarked €10 billion in capital investment for the transport sector up to 2022, continues to be key in setting our investment priorities. In addition, the ongoing ‘Rail Review’ and ‘BusConnects’ Dublin Bus redesign plan, both managed by the National Transport Authority, highlight the commitment to ensuring that Ireland’s public transport services are fast, reliable, punctual, convenient and affordable. These steps, and more, will continue the positive developments on the back of a strong economy and help cater for additional demand being created within the sector.

‘I would like to thank the Economic and Financial Evaluation Unit (EFEU) within my Department for the work they have carried out in producing this report.’

Press Office, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport 01 604 1093 / 01 604 1090

Notes to Editors:
Link to the document is here:

•          Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport expenditure in 2016 was €1.71 billion with expenditure levels of around €1.4 billion on land transport, €84 million on tourism services, €12 million on sports and recreation, €82 million on maritime and €23 million on civil aviation.

•          74% of all journeys are being taken by car with bus accounting for 4.2% and rail/Dart/Luas for 1.3%. Walking represents 14.6% of all journeys, with cycling at 1.7%.

•          The total number of passenger journeys on the main public transport services (Dublin Bus PSO, Irish Rail, Bus Éireann PSO and Luas) has increased from 208 million in 2012 to 234.1 million in 2016. 2015 saw an annual increase of 4.4% or 9.8 million passenger      journeys.

•          27.8 million passengers used Dublin Airport in 2015, an 11.3% increase on the previous year and another record high.

•          The total number of bikes provided through the four public bike schemes in 2015 was 2,240. The schemes are in place in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. The number of journeys on the service in Dublin has increased by 7% in 2016 to 4.4 million.

•          Levels of road freight activity continued to grow by a small amount in 2015, while levels of rail freight activity showed decline. There was a 0.7% increase in the tonne-kms of road freight, and a 3.4% decline in rail freight tonne-kms. Maritime and aviation freight showed strong growth in 2o15, with a 6.7% increase in the gross tonnage of goods handled at ports and a 7.7% increase in air freight handled at the main airports.

•          The number of road fatalities also increased to 187 in 2016, though Ireland’s level of road fatalities relative to private car passenger kilometers remained stable.

•          The transport sector emitted 11.8 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2015. This was a 4.2% increase on 2014 levels and the third consecutive year since 2012 in which emissions rose.


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