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Industry urged to add views on impact of Covid-19 on UK travel patterns

Smart transport professionals are being urged to add their views within the next seven days to an independent research project looking at the impact of Covid-19 on UK travel patterns.

The survey has been put together by Royal Haskoning DHV, the independent international engineering and project management consultancy and it is being supported by the Department for Transport (DFT), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), and the Local Council's Roads Innovation Group (LC-RIG).

The online survey explores how individuals have changed their travel patterns during the lockdown and what options for transport they would consider post-lockdown, including an increase in pricing for additional services, as well as the how likely they are to use public transport or ride sharing in the future.

The survey is open until July 8 and takes around 10 minutes to complete. All details are anonymous.

Dr Marwan AL-Azzawi, sector lead director – mobility & strategic transport, advisory group at Royal Haskoning DHV, said: “The high-level results will be freely shared to help society better understand the impacts during these unprecedented times.”

Royal Haskoning DHV has already published two phases of the research in May and June.

AL-Azzawi said: "Our first research note, published on 7 May 2020, gathered data on multi- modal travel patterns and utilised our state-of-the-art digital transport planning techniques to identify the time-series changes to travel patterns across the UK.

"These were measured and quantified by different regions as well as the total UK travel situation.

"A major conclusion from our data analysis was that public transport has been hit the hardest, followed by walking and cycling.

"It was also noted that there is the risk of a potential increase in car trips, including potentially significant single-occupancy car trips. These dramatic changes have serious implications for sustainable travel including impacts to air quality and revenue support for public transport services."

AL-Azzawi said the research has identified a set of policy tools which he believes must be pursued to alleviate the above impacts.

He said: "Our second phase of the findings present a range of policy options which we believe would help to shape the future.

"These are presented in this research paper in a common strategy framework which allows transport planners, operators and authities to work together to deliver co-ordinated and effective measures to assist the UK out of the lockdown restrictions, without jepeordising the previous sustainability gains made while also capitalising on the opportunity provided by the Covid-19 transition process.

"I would urge all stakeholders within the UK in the industry to share this latest survey and complete it. The more people we can get to complete the survey, then the more informative the results will be."

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