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DfT ‘overwhelmed’ with level of local authority support for transport data during coronavirus lockdown

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The Department for Transport (DfT) has received an overwhelming reaction to its call for local authorities to share travel data during the coronavirus lockdown.

ITS (UK), the executive member for the DfT in charge of leading the research project, is using travel and parking data to help understand travel patterns during the lockdown. This will help inform policy decisions in reaction to the coronavirus lockdown.

Authorities and companies who work with them reacted within 24 hours with enough information to fulfil the DfT’s requirements.

Andy Graham of White Willow Consulting co-ordinated the effort for the Department. 

He said: “Before I could finish reading an email, another three came in.  I am so grateful to all who helped deliver what we needed, now we can work on getting a true understanding of new travel patterns in the country.”

The DfT’s chief scientist Professor Phil Blythe added: “ITS (UK)’s assistance was much appreciated. 

“Their publicity helped us to quickly start working with a number of organisations and individuals who came forward to assist us.  The industry really did step up to the mark.”

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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