Mapping toolkit showing relative drive-time mapping to facilities across the island of Ireland.

Aims & Objectives

This tool shows the levels of ‘drive-time’ accessibility to key settlements and services on the Island of Ireland. The maps highlight areas with low level of access to services, identify areas with potential to share services, and help to assess differences in service provision levels between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Services Mapped

  • Towns (Gateways and Hubs)
  • Health (Hospitals, GPs, Pharmacies and Dentists)
  • Education (Primary Schools and Secondary Schools)
  • Retail (Vertically Affiliated and Discounted)
  • Transport (Airports, Train Stations)


The data generated by the AIRO mapping tool will provide a unique insight into the cross-border distribution of facilities and services. A key aim of the new mapping tool is to make evidence of the distribution of services more accessible, and to support evidence-based decisions in terms of planning and development. For policy makers, local authorities, businesses and communities seeking to make urban and rural environments desirable places to live and work, access to such tools are critical to planning, funding, implementing and monitoring new schemes and initiatives.
The All-Island Accessibility Mapping Tool provides an analysis of access to settlements and key service infrastructure such as transport, education and health facilities across Ireland. Accessibility scores to a range of services have been developed for every residential address point on the island (approx 2.7m) based on average drive-time speeds (average speed on NAVTEC road network plus 10% urban area congestion charge). For the purposes of the mapping tool the accessibility scores have been averaged at the most detailed spatial statistical unit available – Small Areas for the Republic of Ireland (approx 18k) and Output Areas for Northern Ireland (approx 5k).