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DfT urgently collects UK transport data to support COVID-19 response

The Department for Transport (DfT) has urgently collated data from transport movements across the UK to help inform the Government’s policy response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

ITS (UK) is supporting the DfT by collecting data on traffic flow (ie count, not speed), traffic movements, parking, cycling and pedestrian movements.

Local authorities were asked to share raw data sets and Andy Graham of White Willow Consulting is co-ordinating the analysis on behalf of the project.

ITS (UK) is an independent membership society of private and public sector transport technology-related organisations and academia.

The DfT’s announcement that it is tracking transport trends comes after the Urban Transport Group urged the Government for more support to maintain transport provision across the UK.

Jonathan Bray, Urban Transport Group director, has written to the Department for Transport and the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking for financial and legal backing in order to continue paying for services that aren’t being provided at a time when transport authorities are losing revenue from the services they directly provide.

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