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Virus ‘will change travel habits’

Travel Behaviour

26 June 2020
 

Covid-19 may have a big impact on the long-term travel patterns of office workers, according to a survey by workplace travel consultancy Go-Travel Solutions. 

Go Travel surveyed 829 commuters from 49 employers  in May. Most were members of its ‘SmartGo’ green travel schemes in Leicester, Milton Keynes and Stevenage. Many were non-car users.  

Commuters were asked about their preferred commuting choice before the pandemic, and whether it would change when restrictions are lifted. First choices changed as follows:

  • Bus fell 36 per cent (from 222 to 143) and train fell 45 per cent (from 85 to 47)
  • Cycling increased 77 per cent (from 44 to 78)
  • Walking/running increased 37 per cent (from 38 to 52)
  • Car driving alone fell four per cent (from 306 to 295)

Seven per cent thought working from home would become the norm.

Eighty-two per cent were currently working from home. Of these, 13 per cent thought it made them more effective, 32 per cent less effective, and 55 per cent reported no change.

Robin Pointon, managing director of Go Travel Solutions said: “We need to exercise caution in believing perceptions of the future will become reality. However, the research reflects that Covid-19 will make an unprecedented impact on workplace travel.”      

 
 
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