The green fields of Ireland: The legacy of Dublin's housing boom and the impact on commuting

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Title: The green fields of Ireland: The legacy of Dublin's housing boom and the impact on commuting
Authors: Caulfield, B. (Brian)
Ahern, Aoife
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Date: Jul-2014
Online since: 2014-11-24T13:52:43Z
Abstract: Dublin, like many other international cities has experienced a significant housing boom in the past decade. This boom has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of houses built and in the density of housing at the periphery of the city. In addition, Dublin has become a more dispersed city with centres of employment no longer being focused only in the Central Business District (CBD). At the same time, the provision of public transport infrastructure, while it has improved, has not kept pace with the increase in housing stock, leading to high levels of car dependency in these peripheral suburban areas. This paper seeks to examine how commuting patterns have changed as a result of this increasing in housing stock. The results presented in this paper show that even within the same electoral districts, commuters living in housing built after 2001 are more likely to drive than those living in older housing. This paper analyses the modal choices of commuters living in both new and older housing and describes the factors that may be leading to higher levels of car dependency in those living in newer housing. The case study presented in this paper shows a city region in transition and documents the impact that a housing boom has had upon commuting patterns.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Case Studies on Transport Policy
Volume: 2
Issue: 1
Start page: 20
End page: 27
Copyright (published version): 2014 World Conference on Transport Research Society
Keywords: HousingUrban sprawlCommuting
DOI: 10.1016/j.cstp.2013.12.001
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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