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Will Covid-19 put the public back in public transport? A UK perspective

Vickerman, Roger (2021) Will Covid-19 put the public back in public transport? A UK perspective. Transport Policy, 103 . pp. 95-102. ISSN 0967-070X. (doi:10.1016/j.tranpol.2021.01.005) (KAR id:86879)


Covid-19 has had a major impact on public transport systems across the world. Public financial support has been needed to maintain services in the face of drastically reduced ridership and adjustment to the need for social distancing. This paper explores the challenge this poses to current methods of delivery of public transport services and argues that a simple return to the status quo is unlikely as public transport adjusts to a new normal of more home working and fear of crowded spaces. In turn this impacts most on the transport disadvantaged. The paper argues that this may spell the end of the prevailing model of a deregulated competitive public transport that has prevailed in the United Kingdom and require a major rethinking of the way to provide an efficient and effective transport system. Such a rethink will depend on understanding the interplay of private and social norms and building public trust.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2021.01.005
Uncontrolled keywords: Transport impacts of Covid-19; Public transport; Government funding; transport
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Roger Vickerman
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 11:44 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2023 00:00 UTC
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