Pandemic will change the daily commute for Londoners for a long time

Retail | South East | Transport & Distribution

6 out of 10 London commuters will change the way they travel when the return to work begins, research by Addison Lee has found, with COVID-19 safety concerns changing transport demand patterns.

In a survey of 1,000 commuters across the capital’s 32 boroughs, 56% of commuters who travel into London said that they plan to do their journey to work differently, with many already clear about changes they’ll make:

• 55% plan to change the time of their commute to avoid peak hours
• 49% plan to use their own vehicle – up from 23% pre-pandemic
• 28% plan to complete at least part of their journey on foot
• 40% plan to use private hire vehicles as part of their journey

The survey suggests that planned changes to the commute stem from a lack of confidence in public transport amid continued safety concerns.

69% of London commuters say that, even with the introduction of face coverings, taking public transport to and from work makes them feel anxious, while 72% say that they will avoid using the tube during their commute unless essential when they return to work. 70% also say they are concerned at the thought of colleagues using public transport.s

Liam Griffin, Addison Lee’s CEO, said: “Our research shows a clear shift away from commuting on public transport due to safety concerns. To ensure that all modes of transport can play their part in helping Londoners back to work safely and in a manner that supports the environment, we need a common set of safety standards that give consumers confidence to travel, no matter who the provider is.”

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