Sun, 04 Jun 2023

The 'Travel to School by Children in Northern Ireland 2021/22' report is now available.

This report, produced by the Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch (ASRB) of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), presents findings from the 2021/22 Continuous Household Survey (CHS).

The publication is available on the ASRB website.

Key Points

Travel to and from School in Northern Ireland

Primary School

Post Primary School

  • Amongst post-primary school pupils, 45% travelled to/from school by bus as their main mode of travel, and a further 35% travelled to/from school by car.  Less than one in five (16%) pupils walked to/from school, while a small proportion took the train (1%).  
  • Since 2013/14, the proportion of pupils who walk to post primary school has decreased from 22% to 16% while the proportion who travel by bicycle, car and bus have remained around the same. 
  • Of those who walked to school, 89% of post primary school pupils walked all of the way to/from school.   Just over one in ten (13%) spent 10 minutes or less walking to and from school, almost half (48%) spent 11-20 minutes and around a fifth (22%) spent 21-30 minutes.
  • For post-primary school pupils, 54% lived between more than 4 miles from their school.  Of these pupils, two thirds (66%) travelled by bus and 29% were driven by car.

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