The recent Covid crisis has highlighted to many commuters the financial, mental, familial, and community benefits of ending a commute that can subsume up to 6 days per month, and ‘cost’ circa 30% of the average salary (if you were paid for travelling time).
From 1991 to 2016, the population of Drogheda and adjacent Laytown / Bettystown / Mornington region grew from 27,208 to 52,828 people, a 94% increase (CSO figures). The population within a 10km radius of Drogheda town centre is circa 80,000 people making it one of the largest populated zones in Ireland, conveniently located on the Dublin to Belfast M1 motorway.
The most recent 2016 census highlighted that Drogheda is the largest populated town in Ireland (40,956 people) AND the fastest growing town with a 6.2% growth rate.
We competed an analysis of the 2016 Census figures, and in addition, 828 commuters completed a survey in February and March 2020 that emphasised how local residents are tired of the daily commute to Dublin and would love to use their strong skills locally.