Statistical Press Release - The Public Transport and Journey Planning in Northern Ireland 2022/23 report

Date published: 11 April 2024

The Public Transport and Journey Planning in Northern Ireland 2022/23 report has been published today.

DRD statistics publication

This report, produced by the Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch (ASRB) of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), presents findings from the 2022/23 Continuous Household Survey (CHS).

The publication is available on the new Active Travel and Public Transport webpage.

Key Points

  • Around 8 in 10 (77%) respondents were satisfied with public transport facilities in their area, down from 79% in 2020/21 and 2021/22.
  • One-fifth (20%) of respondents used public transport at least a few times per month, and three-fifths (60%) used public transport at least once a year.
  • The majority (96%) of respondents felt ‘very safe’ or ‘fairly safe’ when using public transport.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The information presented in this publication derives from the 2022/23 Continuous Household Survey (CHS) in relation to Walking and Cycling.  The CHS is considered to be a representative sample of the population at household level.
  2. A total of 2,527 adults aged 16 and over were surveyed in 2022-23.
  3. The report provides information on people aged 16 and over in Northern Ireland who use public transport, their frequency of travel, which forms of transport and which methods of journey planning they use, their levels of satisfaction with public transport provision in their local area and their feelings of safety while using public transport.
  4. The information will be used to assist the Department in focusing its policies on addressing the key issues that prevent people from taking up active and sustainable travel and to encourage more people to use active and sustainable methods of travel, where possible.
  5. Note: Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NISRA suspended all face-to-face household interviews in March 2020. In the reporting periods, April 2020 - March 2021 and April 2021 - March 2022, all interviews carried out on the Continuous Household Survey (CHS) were conducted by telephone. For this reporting year, April 2022 - March 2023, face to face interviewing was reinstated alongside telephone interviewing in July 2022, thus making the survey dual-modality. There are a number of factors. which users should take into consideration when interpreting the 2022-23 results and care should be taken when comparing these to previously published findings from the survey.

Official Statistics

  1. The statistical report has been produced in accordance with the Code of Practice for Statistics, complying with the pillars of Trustworthiness, Quality and Value. You can find further information about the Code of Practice on UK Statistics Authority website.

Additional Information

  1. For more information relating to this publication, including alternative formats, please contact:
Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch,
Room 5.25,
Clarence Court,
10 - 18 Adelaide Street,
Telephone: (028) 90255166        
(Text relay prefix 18001)
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