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Transport Focus Covid-19 return to rail travel – latest research summary (2 July 2021)

Passenger transport watchdog, Transport Focus has continued surveying 2,000 people over the past year, to gauge attitudes on public transport use during the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest results are available here. We have been regularly summarising the figures for Community Rail News over the past year.

  • Use of public transport is consistent with last week. 22% have used public transport to make journeys, with 9% using a train.
  • Of those who have made a journey (by any mode) 40% have made journeys for leisure reasons including eating out and visiting attractions and 38% have made a journey to or from work.
  • Among those who have not used public transport, the proportion of those who say that they have not done so because they don’t feel safe using public transport at the moment, or because they have been avoiding using public transport has decreased. In each case 17% say that they have not used public transport in the last seven days for these reasons.
  • Of those who made a journey by train 40% say that on the last occasion that they did so they found it to be busier than they expected. This represents a decrease in the proportion of people feeling that the service was busier.
  • 60% of those who haven’t made a journey by train in the last seven days say that they would feel safe making a journey by this mode of transport.
  • 44% agree that as long as passengers are wearing face coverings, reducing the social distancing on public transport makes sense to them. 51% say that they won’t use public transport unless social distancing is in place. 58% agree that they won’t use public transport unless passengers are required to wear face coverings.