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Only 5% of Northern Ireland's travel using public transport

In 2017 Translink launched their five year
In 2017 Translink launched their five year "Get on Board" strategy, a key objective of which was to grow the number of passengers using their services.

Only 5% of journeys made by people in Northern Ireland use public transport, new figures have revealed.

According to statistics compiled for the Department for Infrastructure's (DfI) Travel Survey for Northern Ireland report for 2015 - 2017, on average, each person travelled 5,653 miles per year during this time - spending some 298 hours doing so.

The figures were compiled through a sample survey of around 1,000 households in the province over a three year period.

While only 5% of journeys were on Northern Ireland's buses, trains and taxis, even fewer used the healthier and more environmentally friendly option of cycling - just 1% - while 19% of trips were made on foot.

As in previous years, the vast majority of all trips (70%) were made by car.

The survey also looked at the factors influencing which mode of transport we choose, with Northern Ireland's often cold and unpredictable climate playing a role. Many respondents said "better weather" would encourage them to cycle or walk more.

When asked what would encourage them to use public transport more, a quarter of all respondents said "cheaper fares", with more frequent services and more destinations and routes also being noted.

In 2017, Northern Ireland's main public transport provider, Translink, launched their five year "Get on Board" strategy, a key objective of which was to grow the number of passengers using their services.

It is aiming to boost its passenger numbers through a number of investment initiatives, such as the Belfast Rapid Transit Glider service and the expansion of various Park and Ride facilities.

According to the Travel Survey for Northern Ireland report, geography also plays a key role in how people in Northern Ireland travel.

Some 77% of all rural residents' journeys were made by car in 2015-2017, compared to 65% for those living in urban areas. On average, those in rural areas also travelled more than 2,500 miles per year than those living in Northern Ireland's towns and cities.

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