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Monday 18 December 2017

School runs add 40 mins to workers' commutes

Commuters have reported traffic delays of up to 40 minutes since the new school term began. A survey has found that three out of four commuters are taking them more than half an hour extra to get to work since schools reopened.

And one in five is taking between five and 15 minutes extra to get to work. The survey of 700 people was carried out by 'easytrip' - Ireland's largest provider of electronic toll tags.

Among those commuters undertaking school runs, 54pc drop children to primary school and a third of parents to secondary school. Of those, more than half travelled a distance of only one to five kilometres to the schools and just 8pc choose to walk.

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Two out of every three people surveyed were in favour of staggered start times for schools to ease traffic congestion and journey times in the morning.

The survey also found that school gates can often be a hotspot for traffic mishaps.

Nearly all (98pc) said they had observed haphazard or dangerous parking outside schools, with 42pc stating that they had witnessed an argument between parents; parents and teachers; or parents and 'lollipop' traffic warden in relation to parking or driving behaviour.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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