Traffic is picking up as school run returns, but still below pre-pandemic levels

With the summer holidays coming to an end and schools returning this week, traffic is picking up across the country.

LiveDrive’s Aul Mernock said traffic has increased in Dublin this week and all routes into the city center are “significantly busier”.

Mr Mernock said traffic will tend to increase from Tuesday as remote workers venture into the office after work from home on Monday.

He said road changes also affect traffic, such as: B. the establishment of cycle paths and road works.

“Especially on the north side, all the usual traffic arteries to the city center are much busier. It’s the school bump, but it’s also the post-Covid bump,” he said.

“What we’re noticing this year is that it’s very different because people are working from home. So Monday wasn’t that bad, but Tuesday was really bad.

“I think people who work from home do that on Mondays and Fridays and then on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays they’re at work, so there’s a lot more traffic on the roads.

“The other thing we notice in a post-Covid world is that the north side is still very busy but traffic on the south side has not returned to the same degree.

“Even though people are working from home, there are still a lot of people on the go. At this time of year we usually get drip feed day in and day out and more and more people are getting back on the streets.”

Maggie O’Donnell, senior transportation officer at Dublin City Council, said that while traffic had increased, it had not yet returned to pre-pandemic levels.

Ms O’Donnell said traffic volume for the week commencing 21 August was 86.2 per cent inbound and 85.8 per cent outbound compared to the pre-Covid week of 19 January 2020 which is 100 per cent.

“We’ve seen an increase this week in particular and it could be a range of factors, people going back to work and those going back to school,” she said.

“We’re not really back to 100 percent compared to the week beginning January 19, 2020 because we see that as 100 percent. These three weeks in January have always had a very consistent value so we use that as a good benchmark as generally everyone is back to school and work and the weather isn’t great.

“And if you look at that, since last Saturday the 27th we’re seeing entry levels around the high 80 percent, we’re actually at about 86 percent now.

“We are not seeing the same pre-Covid percentages, but we are seeing an increase in traffic and an increase in queues around the city, but this could be due to the fact that there have been many changes in the city since March 2020.

“We have pedestrian priority and safe cycling measures so queues do actually form but because we have been monitoring those queues and the car is making good progress in the queue because there is clearance downstream.

“But there are places in the city where the queues aren’t breaking down as well as we’d like and those are areas where we know the Clontarf Road inbound is quite busy and this would affect the.” Loss of returning a second lane so we are aware of that and we are actively managing that.” Traffic is picking up as school run returns, but still below pre-pandemic levels

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