Transport Focus Covid-19 return to rail travel – latest research summary (11 Sept 2020)

Transport Focus Covid-19 return to rail travel – latest research summary (11 Sept 2020)

15 Sep, 2020

Passenger transport watchdog, Transport Focus has continued surveying 2000 people over the last 19 weeks, to gauge attitudes on public transport use during the Covid-19 pandemic. The latest results are available here. We will continue to regularly summarise this for Community Rail News over the next few months. In addition, and of particular interest to Community Rail Network members, stakeholders and supporters, is their transport user community survey results that look specifically at leisure travel and the Safer Travel Pledge. We hope that these findings will be useful to our members when thinking about and planning for upcoming projects and activities. Here are the latest results:

  • Almost half of those who used trains regularly will do so in the next month. Those who haven’t used a train in the last seven days, but have done so in the last month, are more likely than others to use a train in the next month or sooner.
  • Age groups more likely to use the train in the next month are those between 18-24, and 25- 34.
  • More than four in five of those making train journeys in the last seven days felt safe doing so. 84% of survey respondents felt fairly or very safe doing so.
  • Among those who have not used a train in the last seven days, those that have done so in the last month are more likely than others to feel safe doing so again.
  • Seven in ten respondents agree that they will feel safer using public transport if passengers wear face coverings.

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