Kilkenny’s commuters: 20,000 leave region every day to work in Dublin
MORE than 20,000 people commute every day to Dublin from Kilkenny and neighbouring counties Carlow and Wexford.
The figures are revealed in new research carried out on behalf of Vodafone Ireland which was released to coincide with its launch of three high-speed broadband hubs in the South East.
The information was compiled from the combined Vodafone network performance data and CSO population analytics. It provides a clear understanding of the commuter trends along the M7, M9 and M11 and the scale of people commuting to Dublin. Some 22,200 people commute to Dublin each working day from the three counties.
Vodafone hopes the free SIRO-powered fibre gigabit connectivity hubs will reduce commuting by allowing people to work work partially or entirely from Kilkenny and the other centres.
Ronan Whelan, Chief Commercial Officer of SIRO, said: “By delivering gigabit connectivity to these three hubs, we have made remote working a real option for 350 people. This highlights the real difference that 100% fibre-optic broadband can make to people’s lives by saving commuters from sitting in traffic.”
He said the popularity of such hubs clearly illustrates the huge demand in regional towns for connectivity “and thanks to our network Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford have the same level of world-class broadband as leading international hubs like Hong Kong and Tokyo”.
“It forms part of our rollout in the South East, with gigabit connectivity available to over 23,000 premises in the region to date,” Mr Whelan added.