Cork’s Kent Station is the only railway station outside Dublin to feature in the top 10 in terms of rail passenger movements, a rail census conducted by the National Transport Authority reveals.
The station is ranked as the sixth busiest in the country with around 6,350 passengers departing and arriving on a daily basis.
The country’s five busiest stations are Connolly, Pearse, Heuston, Tara St and Dún Laoghaire, according to the 2012 Rail Census.
Figures show that peak travel on Cork commuter lines to Midleton/Cobh and Mallow occurred between 8am and 9am when 769 journeys were recorded.
The evening peak reached 522 between 5pm and 6pm.
Around 2,300 passengers travelled on regional rail services from Midleton/ Cobh and Tralee to Cork on the day the census was conducted last year.
About 1,700 passengers travelled in each direction on services between Cork and Midleton/Cobh per day.
Cobh accounts for 30% of all passengers travelling on the route to Cork with Midleton accounting for 25%. Little Island and Rushbrooke also have a significant number of commuters, while Fota has less than 30 passengers per day. Around 300 passengers travel on the commuter service between Cork and Mallow.
The rail census also reveals that the country’s 10 busiest stations account for almost 50% of all passenger traffic.
Nearly half of all rail journeys in the State are made on Dart services which run between Malahide and Greystones, while four-fifths of all rail journeys are taken within the greater Dublin area.
The NTA conducted a census of passengers at all 147 stations in the Republic on Nov 15 last year which showed 124,000 rail journeys were made.
A similar census was held this year on Nov 14.
The country’s newest railway line between Limerick and Galway attracted just over 1,000 passengers, while just 156 people travelled on rail services between Waterford and Limerick Junction.
The NTA report shows an average of 102,453 people used rail services on a daily basis last year. The figure has been increasing each year since 2010 but is far short of the peak in 2007 when the average number of daily rail passengers reached 143,800.
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