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Kildare Commuter Survey

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Kildare County Council aims to get up to date insights on outbound commuters.

 

Kildare County Council will launch a Commuter Survey next week (Monday, 2 September) to get up to date figures on the habits of commuters in the county that could have a far-reaching and positive effect on the lives of Kildare commuters.

Interactions Research Limited, on behalf of Kildare County Council, will carry out the survey commencing on (Monday, 2 September). The survey will be available online at www.kildarecoco.ie/business/commutersurvey. The survey results will provide the most recent snapshot of Kildare commuter flows including mode of travel, journey length, commuter satisfaction, and attitudes to remote working. It will also provide the Economic Development team in Kildare County Council and the State Agencies insights into the skills and educational levels of commuters that are currently leaving the county.

The improved economic circumstances over the last number of years have brought with it an increase in the number of people commuting into the greater Dublin region from Kildare. Kildare has the sixth highest rate of outbound commuters in Ireland with 39% of the population commuting outside of the county for work. 

Peter Carey, Chief Executive, Kildare County Council said at the launch of the survey that We are delighted to launch this survey of Kildare Commuters so that we can understand the many issues of commuting in the county which continues to increase as the economy grows.  According to the most recent census, 14% of commuters in the Mid East region take between 60 and 90 minutes to get to work. Nearly 32,000 of Kildare’s resident workers are employed in the Dublin Metropolitan area with 15,500 people travelling to Dublin City and 10,500 travelling to South Dublin to work. This twice daily movement of tens of thousands of people can lead to long commute times for everyone concerned. Not only that, but family and personal lives can be adversely affected with so many people taking long commutes to and from work every day. In order to address the real commuter issues, we must first investigate and understand the trends and from these results put forward meaningful solutions”.

Jacqui McNabb, Head of Enterprise, Kildare Local Enterprise Office commented that "as part of the Mid East Regional Enterprise Plan 2020, Kildare, Meath and Wicklow County Councils have committed to creating a network of innovative workspaces throughout the region. In Kildare, we are currently focused on the development of the MERITS tech hub in Naas, an equine tech hub in Kildare town and the Food, Beverage and Skills Innovation Hub at the Model School in Athy. The results of this survey will assist us in ascertaining attitudes to co-working spaces in the county and understanding how best we can facilitate a reduction in the number of people commuting out of the county on a daily basis”.

The commuter survey will remain open until Monday, 30 September 2019.

 

Ends                                                                                                  03 September 2019

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