The longer-term implications of the coronavirus pandemic for the UK’s public transport are to be examined by the Commons transport committee.
The committee of MPs says that the actions of central and local government in response to the crisis could, and perhaps should, influence how people choose how to travel in the longer term. As more people work from home, shop online and choose to walk, cycle or drive, policy makers will need to reimagine how the transport system works. It also presents a chance to explore reforms and technological innovations that may shape the future of transport in the UK and beyond.
The new inquiry aims to take a holistic look at how public transport is changing and the implications for current government strategies including the Williams Rail Review, bus strategy, walking and cycling, taxis and private hire vehicles.
The Committee is inviting written evidence on the extent that the coronavirus pandemic could, and should, be used as an opportunity to reform public transport for the longer-term. The inquiry is seeking input on a range of issues, including the use of public transport and the way that people choose to travel, central and local governmental transport priorities and finances, and the decarbonisation of transport and the capability to meet net zero carbon emissions targets by 2050.