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Heavy Rail Census for 2013

Posted on 04/11/14 at 2:06

The National Transport Authority today (November 4th, 2014) published a summary of its Heavy Rail Census for the year 2013 – which records information on all passenger boardings and alightings (every station, every service) on November 14, 2013 – a “representative” day unaffected by traditional holiday periods, and when all places of work and education are in full session.

The results are presented alongside data collected the previous year – on November 15, 2012 – and begin to show trends in rail travel around the country. Prior to 2012, Census details were collected at Greater Dublin Area (GDA) stations (Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Wicklow) only.

The main findings from the 2013 Census are:

  • Approximately 123,500 journeys were taken across some 660 services
  • Nearly 1 in 2 rail passenger journeys in the State is taken on the DART
  • A further third of all rail journeys is taken on Commuter services
  • 83% of all journeys are taken in the Greater Dublin Area
  • Approximately 1,300 more passengers boarded at Heuston in 2013 than in 2012
  • The 10 busiest stations in Ireland accounted for nearly half (46%) of all passenger movements on the network
  • Connolly, Pearse, Heuston and Tara remain the busiest stations in the country
  • Kent station, in Cork, is the only non-GDA station to feature in the top ten list of busiest stations (at number 6, unchanged from 2012)
  • The busiest train in the country that day – with 1,444 passengers – was the 08:00 DART from Greystones to Malahide

Full results are available to download in the Heavy Rail Census 2013.

Also available is the Heavy Rail Census Summary November 2013 (Statistical Bulletin No. 6 2014).

The Heavy Rail Census Summary is the latest in a series of Statistical Bulletins published by the Authority. Earlier Bulletins ( are available online.
For more information see HERE