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Dublin's Population Density and Rail Network

  • 24-10-2010 3:29am
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    Registered Users Posts: 78,221 ✭✭✭✭ Victor


    Someone was looking for a map of Dublin's population density and rail network. This is shown on the first map.

    The second maps shows the percentage of people who commute by rail.

    Electoral divisions are quite coarse in the peripheral areas.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,221 BrianD


    The first map is interesting as the only areas of high density populations are within the canals.

    What is also interesting that the population density outside of the canals and alnong most of the existing rail (heavy and light) is not any higher than areas that have no rail.

    It would be interesting to get a map of target or proposed population densities of Dublin.

    The percentage of people using rail transport isn't of much use as one would expect higher percentage use along rail routes because it's there. Would be interesting to compare with other cities international.


  • Registered Users Posts: 565 ✭✭✭ noelfirl


    BrianD wrote: »
    The first map is interesting as the only areas of high density populations are within the canals.

    Just imagine what a medium-high density Dublin would have been like if development had been focused on retaining density inside and closer to the canal areas rather then allowing uncontrolled and nigh-on unsustainable development throughout Leinster so that every man and his dog has a half acre.

    Also looking at the second map, it appears to show very few within South Dublin County using the Kildare suburban line. Good job all those stations were upgraded then.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,316 KC61


    noelfirl wrote: »
    Just imagine what a medium-high density Dublin would have been like if development had been focused on retaining density inside and closer to the canal areas rather then allowing uncontrolled and nigh-on unsustainable development throughout Leinster so that every man and his dog has a half acre.

    Also looking at the second map, it appears to show very few within South Dublin County using the Kildare suburban line. Good job all those stations were upgraded then.

    Until the service is upgraded in terms of frequency or doesn't end at Heuston that will remain the case - for most of those people the bus is faster.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,221 BrianD


    The rail usage map only represents usage as at the last census.

    There is sense in upgrading the Kildare line and one would hope that at the next census there will be an increase in local usage. One has to ask what was the strategic objective and have planning policies moved in tandem with the upgraded line.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,464 ✭✭✭ munchkin_utd


    noelfirl wrote: »
    Also looking at the second map, it appears to show very few within South Dublin County using the Kildare suburban line. Good job all those stations were upgraded then.
    True.
    But thats because to get to town from say Ballyfermot you can:
    a) get a bus from your front door straight in to town for next to nothing
    OR
    b) get a train and bus (or even another bus to get you to the station in the first place), costing more, needing 2 (or 3) tickets, involving a change at Heuston and probably taking longer than a direct bus in the first place.

    When the interconnector is in place, and can get to the inner city directly in no time, you'll see an increase in the usage of the train from places that are essentially only a stones throw away from Heuston in the first place.


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