Transport Focus Covid-19 return to rail travel – latest research summary (6 August 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 relatively stable compared with last two weeks, though it is clear that use of public transport in general has increased significantly since the start of May this year.
  • Of those who made a journey by train 51% say that on the last occasion that they did so they found it to be busier than they expected. Generally, those making journeys to or from work are more likely than those making journeys for leisure to say that they found their train to be busier than they expected.
  • 57% 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.
  • 32% disagree that enough is being done to ensure Coronavirus safety on public transport.  When asked what types of things they would most like to see being done to ensure Coronavirus safety on public transport, those who disagree with this statement are most likely to mention the enforcement of mask wearing. Those who have used public transport in the last seven days are more likely than others to take this view.
  • 47% say that they won’t use public transport unless social distancing is in place and 54% agree that they won’t use public transport unless passengers are required to wear face coverings. These findings are relatively consistent with previous results.