UK-Ireland Travel Shows Resilience Despite Covid and Brexit

Travel between the UK and the Republic of Ireland has shown resilience over the course of the last year with levels 50pts greater than between the UK and all other countries, as high-frequency mobility data suggests that Brexit has had little impact on the volume of traffic since January 1st 2021.

Huq Industries’ measure of the movement of people between the UK and the Republic of Ireland across all modes of transport, indexed to January 2020 shows how movement has changed over the last year.

The Index reveals that travel to and from Ireland saw a sharp drop at the start of the pandemic, however, it quickly recovered to 80% of pre-pandemic levels and has since remained 50pts greater than that of journeys between the UK and the rest of the world. Since the official end of the Brexit transition period on 1 January 2021, travel reached 85% of usual levels before a small drop of around 10pts in the last few weeks.

While the data suggests there has been little change in the number journeys being made as a result of Brexit, the extension of the Northern Ireland “grace period” through to 1 October means the true impact could remain to be seen.


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