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 .
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.’