Originally Posted by Mark Gleeson
Lack of a motorway helps
Dublin Belfast numbers really should be on a par with Cork but due to a combination of poor frequency, slow journey and the lack of historical flows of people due the border its lagging behind
Although Belfast is a bigger city, there are a few drags on performance compared to Cork, largely based on the change in jurisdiction. Plenty of Cork-based civil servants have to travel to meetings in Dublin. That doesn't apply to those in Belfast. Similarly, anyone who has used the 06:15 or 07:00 trains will have noted the number of solicitors and barristers heading up to the Dublin courts. Again that doesn't apply.