Kildare work journey times increase more than most

Almost 20% on road over an hour

Henry Bauress

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Kildare work journey times increase more than most

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KILDARE people going to work have experienced longer driving times than most other counties in the State, a Leader analysis of new figures from the 2016 Census shows.

Recently we reported that the county saw the fourth highest increase in the number of car drivers going to work or school between 2011 and 2016 ie. 9.9%, according to Central Statistic Office commuting reports from Census 2016.

This week we took a look at the average journey times to work or school in each county for 2016 and compared them with the equivalent figures in 2011.

The tallies indicated that average journey time lengths increased by 5.3% for Kildare. This was the third highest percentage increase in the State over the five years, reflecting the population and the improved job availability.

In 2011, the average journey time in Kildare was 34.8 minutes but this had risen to 36.6 minutes in 2016. The gap sees small but when the large numbers of drivers are taken into account it reflects a material change in times and, most likely traffic congestion.

In the State as a whole, the average driver was taking 29.4 minutes to get to work in 2011 and this had rise by 3.4% to 30.4 minutes in 2016.

In Kildare in 2011, 15.4% of drivers took an hour or over it to reach their destination, compared to 18.7% - the third highest in the State - in 2016.

In the State as a whole it was 10.7.

When it came to journey times, Kildare had the third longest journey times last year. Only Meath (37) and Wicklow (36.9) took longer, most likely reflecting commuting times to Dublin.

Fingal was next (35.3), followed by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown (33.4) and Laois (33.1).