Kerry Households To Be Asked To Take Part In National Travel Survey

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The launch of the NTA survey in Dublin earlier this month.

HUNDREDS of Kerry households will be asked to take part in the National Household Travel Survey 2017 over the coming weeks.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has announced the start of their survey which will collect information on travel patterns of the Irish public, targeting over 6000 households from all over Ireland.

The survey will engage with 345 Kerry households to participate in the survey, where 10,000 travel diaries will be collected in total nationwide.

Barry Colleary, Head of Transport Modelling and NTA Spokesperson said: “The Household Travel survey, currently being carried out by Amárach Research, will generate over 10,000 individual 3 day travel diaries from the four corners of Ireland, including Kerry, from people of all ages and lifestyles.”

“We are asking that the Kerry families selected for the survey engage with Amárach and the NTA to help us complete the travel diaries. We need this data so that we can better understand people’s current modes of transport and the infrastructure required in Kerry for the future. The Household Travel Survey is the equivalent of the census in terms collecting vital travel information.”

The Household Travel Survey will reveal on how travel patterns have changed since the last Household Travel Survey in 2012 and it will answer questions like:

•        Have you changed your travel behaviour as the economy moved from recession into economic recovery?

•        Are more Kerry children using scooters or bikes to travel to school than in 2012?

•        With traffic congestion increasing, have you started using a bike on a daily basis as a main form of transport? Are you using one of the “bike schemes” in Kerry?

•        With fitness and health on everyone’s agenda, are you or your family walking to school or work more than in 2012?

•        Is the car still the dominant mode of transport in Co. Kerry?

•        Are you making more short trips by walking or cycling?

“The information in these diaries, linked to the Census results from 2016, will help the NTA to build a better picture of travel patterns in Kerry and all over Ireland and inform public debate and policy decision making,”  continued Barry Colleary, NTA Spokesperson.

Kerry households being surveyed will receive an initial letter from the Amárach Research informing them that they have been selected to partake in this survey, which is running over the next 8-10 weeks.

They will then receive a house visit from an Amárach representative who will advise on how to complete the travel diary and make arrangements to collect the information at a convenient time some days later.

The Amárach representative will be available to help the householder with any of the documentation, all of which is designed for ease of use.

Participation in the survey is voluntary.  The data collected will remain confidential and anonymised as it will be presented in aggregate format.

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