The House of Lords built environment committee has launched an inquiry into public transport in towns and cities in England and is inviting written contributions. The inquiry will assess public transport travel trends in towns and cities. It will consider how public transport choices vary across different demographics and the impact of technology on how people travel.
The committee will consider future trends in public transport innovation and how public policy may be shaped in light of these trends. The inquiry will also assess if local authorities have enough money and powers to provide high-quality public transport services.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, chair of the built environment committee, says: “People are changing the ways in which they travel – for work, school and leisure – partly driven by digital change. On top of this, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on how people use public transport in towns and cities, although it is not clear how much of this change will be permanent.
“Our inquiry will focus on finding out how public transport will be used in the future. It will make recommendations to the government on how its policies can be shaped in light of new innovations.”
The deadline for the submission of written evidence is 11 March 2022.